Looking for America

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Looking for America
Studio album by Carla Bley
Released 2003
Recorded October 7 & 8, 2002
Genre Jazz
Label Watt/ECM
Producer Steve Swallow
Carla Bley chronology
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Looking for America
The Lost Chords

Looking for America is an album by American composer, bandleader and keyboardist Carla Bley recorded in 2002 and released on the Watt/ECM label in 2003.[1]


The Allmusic review by Thom Jurek awarded the album 4 stars and stated "Looking for America is a fun, innovative, and indefatigable album by one of the true geniuses in modern jazz".[2] The JazzTimes review by Harvey Siders said "Inevitably, sardonic wit pervades her search on Looking for America as fragments of "The Star-Spangled Banner" materialize-dreamlike, impressionistically and, above all, whimsically-throughout the CD".[3] The Penguin Guide to Jazz awarded it 3⅓ stars stating "As an exploration of Americana, this is a fine and fun album".[4]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Penguin Guide to Jazz 3.5/4 stars[4]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Carla Bley except as indicated
  1. "Grand Mother" - 0:53
  2. "The National Anthem: OG Can UC?/Flags/Whose Broad Stripes?/Anthem/Keep It Spangled" - 21:49
  3. "Step Mother" - 3:18
  4. "Fast Lane" - 5:17
  5. "Los Cocineros" - 10:57
  6. "Your Mother" - 1:41
  7. "Tijuana Traffic" - 8:05
  8. "God Mother" - 1:27
  9. "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" (Traditional) - 6:15



  1. ^ Carla Bley discography accessed August 12, 2010
  2. ^ a b Jurek, T. Allmusic Review accessed August 12, 2010
  3. ^ Siders, H. Looking for America Review JazzTimes, June, 2003
  4. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2006) [1992]. The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (8th ed.). New York: Penguin. p. 131. ISBN 0-14-102327-9.