9 November 2009

The Carla Bley Band - Live in Alassio '77

A concert that stuck in my mind, and now that i've digitized the tape, i hope you could enjoy it.
In my opinion this edition ("The European Tour 1977") remains among the best band Carla has ever led.

Dedicated to LYM

Rec. live in Alassio, Italy, on September 3rd, 1977
(mics recording)

Carla Bley,organ,piano,tenor saxophone,arranger,conductor
Michael Mantler,trumpet
Roswell Rudd,trombone
John Clark,French horn,electric guitar
Bob Stewart,tuba
Elton Dean,alto saxophone
Gary Windo,tenor saxophone
Terry Adams,piano
Hugh Hopper,electric bass
Andrew Cyrille,drums

1. Carla's Intro (02:37)
2. Drinking Music(07:30)
3. Song Sung Long ((09:44)
4. Dreams So Real (04:39)
5. Wrong Key Donkey (14:32)
6. Rose And Sad Song (10:00)
7. Spangled Banner Minor And Other Patriotic Songs (28:19)
8. A New Hymn (08:54)

Total Time 1:26:18

All compositions by Carla Bley


riccardo said...

mp3 (189 MB) :

flac (496 MB) :



ubu said...

Thanks a lot! I love any Carla Bley from that time!

I have three shows up on my blog (1977, 1978 and 1980):


Just in case folks want to explore some more Bley!

JLC said...

I agree ; this Carla Bley band is my favorite too.
Their concert in Chateauvallon (august 1977) was awesome although the audience did not aclaim the band.
Looking forward to hear the Alassio concert.

mrG said...

thanks for the post of this; yes, the later seventies were a boom and blossoming time for a lot of the new-thing jazz bands, and the Bley band was one of my great obsessions of the day back then.

Unfortunately the Rapidshare is only giving me "This file can only be downloaded by becoming a Premium member" -- I guess I'll have to return to this in the late-night hours to see if I can get in.

gidouille said...

Wonderful, thanks, very vibrant live sound and spirited performances. The late Hugh Hopper said the band didn't play enough dates to do the music justice, but on the basis of this concert I'd have to say he was mistaken. Incidentally, I think you have the titles for tracks two and four reversed. Not absolutely certain about four, as I don't have Dinner Music nor the recording by Gary Burton, but two is most definitely Drinking Music.

riccardo said...

@ gidouille

Of course you're right!
Just a stupid mistake, now i've
correct the list but you all
have to correct titles and tags
in the folder.

p.s. i knew LYM was looking for
this recording : may you advise
him ?

all the best

mario said...

Thank you. This is amazing

LYM said...

Hi anyone here!!! I'm still alive even if without an internet connection and with a very little time to spend. A GREAT THANK TO YOU for Your invaluable and Unbelievable work and generosity.
Finally the italian date of the CB Band. undoubtely one of or perhaps "The" best Carla's orchestra! Take a look at my long comment on ubu's blog too. And thanks for the Paul Motian date same festival, year and location, perhaps the day before. Even that has been one of the best Paul Motian group.
A particular THANKS to Riccardo for his huge and astonishing fine collection.
This remain in my opionion of the best musical blog of the net. I wish I could give a little contribution in the next future again. Sometimes here I feel like at home among "good old" friends.

have a nice day

Anonymous said...

I have been there...great concert, I was 17, they changed my musical life, tanks for the beauty

gretels said...

will be the chance for a new link? thanks in advance and wish you Happy New Year!