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Amy C. Beal

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036361

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036361.001.0001

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Big Band Theory

Big Band Theory

The Carla Bley Band and Other Projects

(p.57) 7 Big Band Theory
Carla Bley

Amy C. Beal

University of Illinois Press

This chapter focuses on the Carla Bley Band, a ten-person big band Bley had spent several years establishing. The Carla Bley Band effectively became the instrument for which she composed, the vehicle through which she could let her sonic imagination run free. The establishment of her own large ensemble following the creation of her recording studio, record label, and distribution service was part of a logical chain of events, one indicating a further step in Bley's ongoing quest for total artistic control in the creation, administration, and dissemination of her music. This freedom allowed Bley to focus on an uninhibited exploration of musical ideas in her compositions. Over the next few years the Carla Bley Band toured both Europe and the United States, recorded six albums on Watt between 1977 and 1983, and contributed a soundtrack of preexisting pieces for a Claude Miller film called Mortelle Randonee.

Keywords:   Carla Bley Band, artistic control, compositions

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