Duets (Carla Bley & Steve Swallow album)

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Duets
Studio album by Carla Bley & Steve Swallow
Released 1988
Recorded Summer 1988
Genre Jazz
Length 54:52
Label Watt/ECM
Producer Carla Bley & Steve Swallow
Carla Bley chronology
Sextet
(1986)
Duets
(1988)
Fleur Carnivore
(1988)

Duets is an album by American composer, bandleader and keyboardist Carla Bley with bassist Steve Swallow recorded and released on the Watt/ECM label in 1988.[1]

Reception[edit]

The Allmusic review by David Nelson McCarthy awarded the album 4½ stars and stated "their tremendous musical rapport and precise wit are really beautiful. It comes highly recommended".[2] The Penguin Guide to Jazz awarded it 3 stars stating "Its an entertaining album and an ideal primer on Bley's compositional and improvising techniques".[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Penguin Guide to Jazz 3/4 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Carla Bley except as indicated
  1. "Baby Baby" - 6:28
  2. "Walking Batteriewoman" - 4:01
  3. "Útviklingssang" - 4:42
  4. "Ladies in Mercedes" (Steve Swallow) - 5:44
  5. "Romantic Notion No. 3" - 7:02
  6. "Remember" (Swallow) - 5:24
  7. "Ups and Downs" - 6:16
  8. "Reactionary Tango (In Three Parts)" (Bley, Swallow) - 8:44
  9. "Soon I Will Be Done With the Troubles of This World" (Traditional) - 6:58
    • Recorded at Grog Kill Studio, Willow, New York in the Summer of 1985.

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Carla Bley discography accessed August 6, 2010
  2. ^ a b McCarthy, D. N. Allmusic Review accessed August 6, 2010
  3. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2008) [1992]. The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (9th ed.). New York: Penguin. p. 130. ISBN 978-0-14-103401-0.