| July 1999|
| Carla Bley & Steve Swallow|
Looking for America
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? "
All tracks written by Carla Bley.
Recorded at Rainbow Studio, Oslo in July 1999.
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
1Blues in 12 Bars14:334x4 (Carla Bley album) Wikipedia
2Sidewinders in Paradise8:37
3Les Trois Lagons15:38