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4x4 (Carla Bley album)

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Released  2000
Artist  Carla Bley
Label  ECM Records
Recorded  July 1999
Release date  2000
Genre  Jazz
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Producer  Carla Bley & Steve Swallow
4 x 4 (1999)  Looking for America (2002)
Similar  I Hate to Sing, Looking for America, Fancy Chamber Music, The Carla Bley Big Band Go, Night‑Glo

4 x 4 is an album by American composer, bandleader and keyboardist Carla Bley with a chamber ensemble recorded in Oslo in 1999 and released on the Watt/ECM label in 2000.



The Allmusic review by David R. Adler awarded the album 3 stars and stated "This batch of compositions is informed by Bley's distinctive brand of tongue-in-cheek playfulness... While the entire eight-piece band is consistently a pleasure, some of the album's most appealing moments occur during several Bley/Swallow duet passages. The two have been performing and recording as a duo for many years, so in a certain sense the whole band seems to revolve around them". The JazzTimes review by Aaron Steinberg said "Between gigs, the ruddy and no doubt road weary outfit took a time-out in Oslo to record 4 x 4. Bley and the band sound happy to have the time to themselves, and they mostly take it easy on light-hearted tunes with fun but simple arrangements". The Penguin Guide to Jazz awarded it 3⅓ stars stating "with music as impressive and as ambitious as this, who's complaining? "

Track listing

All tracks written by Carla Bley.

  • Recorded at Rainbow Studio, Oslo in July 1999.
  • Personnel

  • Carla Bley – piano
  • Lew Soloff – trumpet
  • Wolfgang Puschnig – alto saxophone
  • Andy Sheppard – tenor saxophone
  • Gary Valente – trombone
  • Larry Goldings – organ
  • Steve Swallow – bass guitar
  • Victor Lewis – drums
  • Songs

    1Blues in 12 Bars14:33
    2Sidewinders in Paradise8:37
    3Les Trois Lagons15:38


    4x4 (Carla Bley album) Wikipedia

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