Fancy Chamber Music

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Fancy Chamber Music
Fancy Chamber Music.jpg
Studio album by Carla Bley
Released 1998
Recorded December 5-6, 1997
Genre Jazz
Length 53:04
Label Watt/ECM
Producer Carla Bley & Steve Swallow
Carla Bley chronology
The Carla Bley Big Band Goes to Church
(1996)The Carla Bley Big Band Goes to Church1996
Fancy Chamber Music
Are We There Yet?
(1998)Are We There Yet?1998

Fancy Chamber Music is an album by American composer, bandleader and keyboardist Carla Bley with a chamber ensemble recorded in England in 1997 and released on the Watt/ECM label in 1998.[1][2]


The Allmusic review by Tim Sheridan awarded the album 4 stars and stated "Always the iconoclast, here pianist Bley applies her keen musical skill on baroque and chamber styles with tongue firmly in cheek and a fine string section to set the mood".[3] The Penguin Guide to Jazz awarded it 3 stars stating "Very little to separate the fancy from the funky. Vintage Bley".[4]

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

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Carla Bley.

  1. "Wolfgang Tango" - 14:29
  2. "Romantic Notion No. 4" - 2:26
  3. "End of Vienna" - 9:00
  4. "Tigers in Training" - 19:02
  5. "Romantic Notion No. 6" - 1:05
  6. "Jon Benet" - 7:17
  • Recorded at SnakeRanch Studio, London, England on December 5 & 6, 1997.



  1. ^ Carla Bley discography accessed August 12, 2010
  2. ^ ECM/WATT discography accessed August 25, 2016
  3. ^ a b Sheridan, T. Allmusic Review accessed August 12, 2010
  4. ^ 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. 131. ISBN 978-0-14-103401-0.