Life Goes OnECM
The third volume of a sequence of albums begun with Trios in 2013 and continued with Andando El Tiempo (2016), Life Goes On – once more recorded in Lugano and produced by Manfred Eicher - features striking new music from American pianist/composer Carla Bley, whose trio with saxophonist Andy Sheppard and bassist Swallow has a long history. (Their first recording in trio format was Songs with Legs, recorded for the ECM-distributed WATT label in 1994.) Bley has composed for ensembles of every size but, over time, the trio has established itself as an ideal unit for expressing the essence of her work. Throughout Life Goes On, Carla's terse, distinctive piano, shaping phrases irreducible as Monk or Satie, is beautifully framed by Swallow's eloquent, elegant bass guitar and Sheppard's yearning saxes. This trio has a unique collective sound, reflecting – as The Telegraph recently noted – "musical mastery of a rare order".
Carla Bley/Andy Sheppard/Steve Swallow 'Life Goes On' makes 'Jazz Police: 20 from 2020 - the New Music that Helped'
2020 was the Year of the Rat which seems fitting for this year of plague. Concerts have been canceled, jazz clubs closed and it was a time when we needed music more than ever. If this dark cloud has a silver lining there must be serious wood-shedding going on right now and in 2021 after some normality returns we will witness a creative explosion of new music. But for now live streaming events help and bo...
Carla Bley - Life Goes On makes The Guardian '10 best jazz albums of 2020'
Alongside archive recordings from Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane, and inventive new releases by Maria Schneider and Carla Bley, 2020 had plenty of spectacular fusions The third of a sequence of moving trio recordings by the jazz-composing legend and pianist Carla Bley, with bassist Steve Swallow and UK saxophonist Andy Sheppard – a typically whimsical confection of slinky blues, impish tangos,...
Carla Bley/Andy Sheppard/Steve Swallow 'Life Goes On' makes Downbeat's '2020: Top-Rated Albums'
Life Goes On is a brilliant expression of the camaraderie developed by Carla Bley's longtime trio with bassist Steve Swallow and saxophonist Andy Sheppard. It offers three suites highlighting Bley's deft sense of dramatic development, her gifts as a soloist (often overshadowed by her composing) and the trio's deadpan minimalism and subtly organic interplay. During Bley's long career, there have been time...
'And On' from Carla Bley Trio's 'Life Goes On' featured on Punto Radio - animajazz
In episode 925 of "ANIMAJAZZ", conceived and conducted by BRUNO POLLACCI , broadcast TUESDAY June 30 at 20.30, on PUNTORADIO, also streaming on www.puntoradio.fm and in an immediate podcast on http: // animajazz. eu will be the protagonists CARLA BLEY - ANDY SHEPPARD - STEVE SWALLOW - CD "Life Goes On" - "Life Goes On_ III. And On "(ECM). The third volume of a sequence of albums begun with Trios...
Thank goodness there are musicians like Carla Bley, Andy Sheppard and Steve Swallow / AUDIOPHILE AUDITION
It does, you know - Life Goes On.
For most of us, life really does go on and thank goodness, in these crazy Covid-19 pandemic times, there are musicians like Carla Bley, Andy Sheppard and Steve Swallow producing music of such as beauty as Life Goes On. This album is exquisite. That's all you need to know, really. Take a listen and let me know if you disagree. There's a moment in the title...
Carla Bley Trio 'Life Goes On' is exquisite in its minimalist approach / AUDIOPHILE AUDITION
Life Goes On is another insightful album with Sheppard and Swallow (their fourth). Represented in three "micro-suites",l the album is exquisite in its minimalist approach. The vibrant trio chemistry executes a connective, lyrical symmetry. Some A opens with the 4-part title opus. The first section ("Life Goes On") begins with a slow left-hand blues vamp by Bley that is quickly joined by bass and tenor sa...
Carla Bley/Andy Sheppard/Steve Swallow 'Life Goes On' is richly poignant but never lugubrious / the absolute sound
If there's an air of resignation to the way pianist/composer Bley has titled the movements of her opening suite-"Life Goes On," "On," "And On," "And Then One Day"-it is belied throughout this gently gripping album by Bley's indelible wit and unsinkable sanguinity. Both are evident in her pithy liner notes, her quotes of "Yankee Doodle Dandy" and "The Star Spangled Banner" in the "Beautiful Telephones" su...
Carla Bley Trio: 'Life Goes On' is warm, spirited and even funny / The Guardian
This set begins with the piano laying down the bass line for a simple blues. Before the last note of each phrase there is a tiny hesitation, just long enough for you to anticipate what the note might or might not be. It's maddening! By the end of 12 bars your ears will be glued to that repeated phrase. Sly details and a dry wit – that's Carla Bley. Not that you're obliged to stay on the alert for s...