Carla Bley  

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Carla Bley (1936 – 2023) was an American composer, pianist, organist, and bandleader mainly working in jazz. An important figure in the free jazz movement of the 1960s, she was perhaps best known for her jazz opera Escalator over the Hill (1971), as well as a book of compositions that have been performed by many other artists.

She was a pioneer in the development of independent artist-owned record labels who recorded over two dozen albums between 1966 and 2019.



As leader


With Gary Burton

With the Jazz Composer's Orchestra

With Michael Mantler

With Charlie Haden and the Liberation Music Orchestra

With Nick Mason

With Steve Swallow

As sidewoman


  • 1983/2003: Live in Montreal (DVD)

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