Big Band Theory

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Big Band Theory
Studio album by
RecordedJuly 2 & 3, 1993
ProducerCarla Bley
Carla Bley chronology
Go Together
Big Band Theory
Songs with Legs

Big Band Theory is an album by the American composer, bandleader and keyboardist Carla Bley, recorded and released on the Watt/ECM label in 1993.[1]


The AllMusic review by Scott Yanow stated that "overall this set (which is enjoyable enough) is less memorable than one would expect from Carla Bley".[2] The Penguin Guide to Jazz awarded it 3 stars, stating: "This never quite fulfils the promise of some exciting arrangements and a rah of hot solists".[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Tom HullB+ ((2-star Honorable Mention)(2-star Honorable Mention))[4]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Carla Bley except as indicated
  1. "On the Stage in Cages" - 12:39
  2. "Birds of Paradise" - 20:21
  3. "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" (Charles Mingus) - 8:38
  4. "Fresh Impression" - 7:39



  1. ^ Carla Bley discography accessed August 9, 2010
  2. ^ a b Yanow, S. AllMusic Review accessed August 9, 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.
  4. ^ Hull, Tom (28 February 2018). "Streamnotes". Tom Hull – on the Web. Retrieved 9 July 2020.