Pianist and composer Carla Bley has released her new album Andando el Tiempo via ECM Records on May 6.
The album features her trio with saxophonist Andy Sheppard and Steve Swallows. This trio has been in existence for more than twenty years, and has become Bley’s primary vehicle for conveying her compositions to the world. She said: “When I write for the trio, it’s really big band music reduced. I have to play way over my head and so do the guys. They have to take on a lot more than they would if I still had a big band.”
Andando el Tiempo is entirely composed of new music written by Bley. One of its highlights is the three part title composition, which addresses the trial and tribulations of recovery from addition. In the album’s liner notes, Bley writes: “It was written as I watched a friend go through the condition and come out the other end.”
This year, on May 11, Bley will be celebrating her 80th birthday. On the same day, she will be celebrate the occasion at New York’s Steinway Hall, where she will take to the stage with Sheppard and Sawllows to perform and few selections from the album and take part in a Q & A session with the public. The trio will then be on the road for a European tour throughout the month of July.
For more information, go to www.ecmrecords.com