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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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Dreams So Real

Dreams So Real

“Jazz Is Really Where My Heart Now Lies”

(p.83) 10 Dreams So Real
Carla Bley

Amy C. Beal

University of Illinois Press

This concluding chapter argues that because of the variety of musical styles cohabitating within Carla Bley's pieces, the label “jazz musician”—which music critics to an extent rightly but far too narrowly apply to her—fails to adequately address the full range of her compositional prowess; rather, it merely points to the instrumental forces for which she frequently prefers to write. Indeed, the musical techniques of Bley's diverse compositional output are varied, their moods can be edgy or serene, and their powers of expression are vast. They are also abstract and narrative, original and full of borrowings. To date she has almost three hundred works registered with BMI and has participated in well over forty recording projects, twenty-seven of which are releases in her own name, placing her among the most accomplished composers, band leaders, and recording artists working in America today.

Keywords:   Carla Bley, jazz musician, BMI, composers, band leaders, recording artists

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