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Carla Bley

Carla Bley
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Carla Bley (born Lovella May Borg, May 11, 1938 in Oakland, California) is a composer, keyboardist, and bandleader. She moved to New York at age 17 and met pianist Paul Bley, whom she married in 1957, changing her name to Carla Bley. She began composing, and in the early 60s her pieces started appearing on albums by George Russell, Jimmy Giuffre, and Paul Bley. Keeping the name Bley after divorcing Paul, she co-founded the Jazz Composers' Orchestra with Michael Mantler. Her "jazz opera" Escalator over the Hill came out in 1971, and her renown as a composer has lasted the decades since.
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Gary Windo — His Master's Bones Gary Windo — His Master's Bones
(Cuneiform Rune 89, 1984/1996, CD)
Michael Zentner — Present Time Michael Zentner — Present Time
(Ozone OZ006-2, 1983/1993, CD)
Michael Mantler — Something There Michael Mantler — Something There
(WATT/ 13, 1983, LP)
Nick Mason — Nick Mason's Fictitious Sports Nick Mason — Nick Mason's Fictitious Sports
(Sony Music WK 75070, 1981/1995, CD)
Michael Mantler — More Movies Michael Mantler — More Movies
(WATT/10, 1980, LP)
Michael Mantler — Movies Michael Mantler — Movies
(WATT/ 7, 1978, LP)
John Greaves / Peter Blegvad / Lisa Herman — Kew.Rhone. John Greaves / Peter Blegvad / Lisa Herman — Kew.Rhone.
(Voiceprint VP200CD, 1977/2006, CD)
Charlie Haden — Liberation Music Orchestra Charlie Haden — Liberation Music Orchestra
(Impulse! AS-9183, 1970, LP)

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