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Carla Bley

p, org, *1936 US, Oakland, California
Musician / Composer of Jazz
A.k.a. Lovella May Borg

Carla Bley (née Borg; born May 11, 1936) is an American jazz composer, pianist, organist and bandleader. An important figure in the free jazz movement of the 1960s, she is perhaps best known for her jazz opera Escalator Over The Hill (released as a triple LP set), as well as a book of compositions that have been performed by many other artists, including Gary Burton, Jimmy Giuffre, George Russell, Art Farmer, John Scofield and her ex-husband Paul Bley.

  • Piano
  • Organ
  • Vocals
  • Synthesizer
  • Electric piano
  • Jazz
  • Rock
  • Classical
Popular Tracks   
Lawns on Sextet by Carla Bley
One Banana More on The Lost Chords Find Paolo Fresu by Carla Bley
Útviklingssang on Trios by Carla Bley, Andy Sheppard & Steve Swallow
Útviklingssang on Duets by Carla Bley & Steve Swallow
Life Goes On: Life Goes On on Life Goes On by Carla Bley, Andy Sheppard & Steve Swallow
Life Goes On: And On on Life Goes On by Carla Bley, Andy Sheppard & Steve Swallow
Sing Me Softly Of The Blues on Dinner Music by Carla Bley
The Ballad Of The Fallen (Folk Song From El Salvador) on The Ballad Of The Fallen by Charlie Haden & Carla Bley
Andando El Tiempo: Camino Al Volver on Andando El Tiempo by Carla Bley, Steve Swallow & Andy Sheppard
Vashkar on Trios by Carla Bley, Andy Sheppard & Steve Swallow

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
Armadillo World Headquarters Austin Texas March 27 1978Carla Bley2018Album
Andando El TiempoCarla Bley / Andy Sheppard / Steve Swallow2016Album
A Guitar Named CarlaRüdiger Krause, Carla Bley, Steve Swallow2015Album
TriosCarla Bley / Andy Sheppard / Steve Swallow2013Album
Carla's Christmas CarolsCarla Bley, Steve Swallow, The Partyka Brass Quintet2009Album
Carla BleyCarla Bley2008Compil.
Gates To EverywhereChick Corea / Fred Hersch / Carla Bley – Emanuele Arciuli2008Album
The Lost Chords Find Paolo FresuCarla Bley2007Album
Selected RecordingsCarla Bley2004Compil.
The Lost ChordsCarla Bley / Andy Sheppard / Steve Swallow / Billy Drummond : The Lost Chords2004Album
Famous Jazz Duets - Live in ConcertChick Corea, Gary Burton, Carla Bley, Steve Swallow2003Album
Live In MontrealCarla Bley2002Album
Birds Of ParadiseCarla Bley2000Compil.
4X4Carla Bley2000Album
Are We There Yet?Carla Bley / Steve Swallow1999Album
Fancy Chamber MusicCarla Bley1998Album
Songs With LegsCarla Bley / Andy Sheppard / Steve Swallow1996Album
Big Band TheoryCarla Bley1993Album
Go TogetherCarla Bley / Steve Swallow1993Album
What Box?Carla Bley ... Orchestra Siciliana ... Michael Mantler ... Karen Mantler1992Album
Swallow (Special Radio Edits CD)Steve Swallow Featuring Gary Burton, John Scofield, Carla Bley1992Album
The Very Big Carla Bley BandCarla Bley1991Album
Fleur CarnivoreCarla Bley1989Album
DuetsCarla Bley & Steve Swallow1988Album
SextetCarla Bley1987Album
Night-gloCarla Bley1985Album
Night-Glo / Crazy With YouCarla Bley1985Album
Whole ThingCarla Bley1984Single
Talking Hearts / Heavy HeartCarla Bley1984Album
Heavy HeartCarla Bley1984Album
Mortelle Randonnée (Extraits De La Bande Originale Du Film)Carla Bley1983Album
The Ballad Of The FallenCharlie Haden, Carla Bley, Don Cherry, Sharon Freeman, Mick Goodrick, Jack Jeffers, Michael Mantler, Paul Motian, Jim Pepper, Dewey Redman, Steve Slagle, Gary Valente1983Album
Live!Carla Bley1982Album
Social StudiesCarla Bley1981Album
Dinner MusicCarla Bley1977Album
13 & 3/4Michael Mantler / Carla Bley1975Album
Tropic AppetitesCarla Bley1974Album
Escalator Over The HillCarla Bley, Paul Haines1971Album
Jazz RealitiesCarla Bley - Michael Mantler - Steve Lacy1966Album
Smalltown Agonist / Little Pony SoldierCarla Bley, Paul HainesSingle
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