Songs with Legs

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Songs with Legs
Songs with Legs.jpg
Live album by Carla Bley
Released 1994
Recorded May 1994
Genre Jazz
Length 54:14
Label Watt/ECM
Producer Carla Bley & Steve Swallow
Carla Bley chronology
Big Band Theory
(1993)Big Band Theory1993
Songs with Legs
The Carla Bley Big Band Goes to Church
(1996)The Carla Bley Big Band Goes to Church1996
Steve Swallow chronology
Real Book
(1993) Real Book1993
Songs with Legs
(1994) Songs with Legs1994
(1995) Parlance1995

Songs with Legs is a live album by American composer, bandleader and keyboardist Carla Bley with saxophonist Andy Sheppard and bassist Steve Swallow recorded in Europe and released on the Watt/ECM label in 1994.[1][2]


The AllMusic review by Alex Henderson awarded the album 2½ stars and stated: "For those who've said they wish Bley would solo more often, Songs with Legs is an album to hear."[3] The Penguin Guide to Jazz awarded it 3 stars, stating: "She doesn't put a foot wrong throughout."[4]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[3]
Penguin Guide to Jazz 3/4 stars[4]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Carla Bley except where noted.

  1. "Real Life Hits" - 8:08
  2. "The Lord Is Listenin' to Ya, Hallelujah!" - 7:48
  3. "Chicken" - 8:21
  4. "Misterioso" (Thelonious Monk) - 10:20
  5. "Wrong Key Donkey" - 12:02
  6. "Crazy with You" - 7:37
  • Recorded live on tour in France, Italy, Austria, Germany, Turkey and England in May 1994.



  1. ^ Carla Bley discography accessed August 9, 2010
  2. ^ ECM/WATT discography accessed August 25, 2016
  3. ^ a b Henderson, A. Allmusic Review, accessed August 9, 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.