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The Bley/Haines collaboration was unique & darkly wondrous, & this album adroitly accomplished what would seem to be the impossible task of following up EOTH, but to say that Carla's career should've continued this way (in the important ways, I think it did) rather than take the prismatic & ultra-distinguished path that it has...& to dismissively refer to what followed as "jazz-funk" (perhaps somewhat applicable to the Heavy Heart/Night Glo period, but that's about it; Dinner Music could be called r-n-b-inflected, but was primarily pieces Carla had composed 10-20 yrs. earlier, enlivened by such masters of that genre as Cornell Dupree & the late Richard Tee)...that's just off-base, I think. But I share the appreciation of this album, tho I could do w/o "Caucasian Bird Riffles," which perhaps indicated that Paul Haines had given the best he had...the rest of it is so good, tho, there's no way I could give less than 5 stars.


Born: May 11, 1938 in Oakland, CA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Post-bop jazz has produced only a few first-rate composers of larger forms; Carla Bley ranks high among them. Bley possesses an unusually wide compositional range; she combines an acquaintance with and love for jazz in all its forms with great talent and originality. Her music is a peculiarly individual type of hyper-modern jazz. Bley is capable of writing music of great drama and profound humor, often within the confines of the same piece. As an instrumentalist, she makes a fine composer; she plays...
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Tropic Appetites, Carla Bley
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Avant-Garde Jazz
  • Released: 1974

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