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Monday, December 05, 2011

Carla Bley - Carla's Christmas Carols (Berlin 2008)

I posted this one two years ago... so here it is again, right in time for x-mas. Must be the most idiosyncratic versions ever done of Christmas Carols - gotta love it!

Her carols have also been released officially on ECM - the review by John Fordham in the Guardian is still out there - and I've gotten the CD in the meantime and enjoy it a lot!

Carla Bley Plays Christmas Carols
Berlin (Germany), Passionskirche
December 4, 2008 (MP2)

Carla Bley - piano, arrangements, leader
Steve Swallow - bass
Tobias Weidinger - trumpet, Glockenspiel
Axel Schlosser - trumpet
Christine Chapman - french horn
Adrian Mears - trombone
Ed Partyka - bass trombone, tuba

1. O Tannenbaum (2:23)
2. Silent Night And Day (8:35)
3. Jingle Bells (3:22)
4. The Christmas Song (5:25)
5. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (5:35)
6. O Holy Night - Joy To The World (8:29)
7. God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen (9:46)
8. O Come To Bethlehem, All Ye Faithful (5:53)

TT: 49:28

Sound: A
Source: DVB-S@320, 48kHz > raw data > ProjextX > mp3DirectCut > mp2
(lossy recording seeded in its original broadcast codec)



ubu said...

MP2 (original broadcast format):

cocoltrane said...

thanks, gracias, merci. this should be good fun.

MrBill said...

SHould be interesting to see what Ms. Bley does with the traditional material. Thanks much!

Anonymous said...

Have yourself a Merry, Swingin' Christmas, ol' King!


JC said...

Thanks. This does look like fun. I'll do Christmas month (or two...).

neil said...

June 2013, and here I am thinking about Xmas; many thanks, ubu...

dd said...


Can you repost this for the upcoming christmas season?

Thanks for all you do.

ubu said...

This is one I was trying to keep alive - so there you go:

I might bring it back up on top in a few weeks, it's a bit too early for x-mas sounds around this house.

zardoz1984 said...

Great concert & uplifting music: make you smile, whistle & sing with eyes closed! Even better than the official release. Just miss some snow flakes to go back to my child's christmases…
Only Carla was able of being so heartbreaking & funny at the same time.
Thanks for that royal gift, your Highness!

PS I know, I know: never ask for a reup but I was away for a long time & saw you posted a gorgeous archive from dear late Andrew Hill in Lugano 2004. I could catch the 2 last parts of the file but the first is gone. So have listened only to the 2nd part of that amazing concert & I'm happy with that. But, if someday you could reup AndrewHill_20040313_Lugano_ubu.part1.rar, you'll make somebody happier.
Keep on leaving us some good messages from now then & "surtout, ne travaillez jamais".