Lawns – 2014

Carla Bley


A sensitive and heartfelt duet by Bley with Steve Swallow

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Throughout much of her career, Carla Bley was best-known as a very original composer, arranger and bandleader, whether at the head of all-star avant-garde combos or her own big band.

However during the past 25 years, she has been heard much more often as a pianist, usually in duets or trios that included electric bassist Steve Swallow.

For this version of her composition “Lawns” which was filmed on Aug. 7, 2014, Bley is featured in a duet with Swallow.

Bley puts plenty of emotion into her thoughtful ballad, a feeling that is continued by Swallow during his solo.

-Scott Yanow

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