Andando el Tiempo

Andando el Tiempo is an album by American composer and pianist Carla Bley with saxophonist Andy Sheppard and bass guitarist Steve Swallow released on the ECM label.[1] Though the musicians are longtime collaborators, this is their third album as a trio and second on the ECM label. It is Bley's first complete album of new compositions in eight years and is titled after a three part meditation on addiction and recovery, inspired by a friend's struggle with alcoholism.[2]

Andando el Tiempo
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 6, 2016
RecordedNovember 2015
StudioAuditorio Stelio Molo, RSI, Lugano
GenreJazz
Length47:16
LabelECM
ECM 2485
ProducerManfred Eicher
Carla Bley chronology
Trios
(2013)
Andando el Tiempo
(2016)

Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic[3]
The Guardian[4]
All About Jazz[5][6]
The Irish Times[7]
Pitchfork7.8/10[8]

In The New York Times, Nate Chinen called the album "Chamberlike and willowy, suffused with melancholy, it reflects her sly noncompliance with jazz and classical conventions, which has been a prevalent theme of her half-century career".[9] Allmusic awarded the album 3½ stars and said it was "a delicately passionate, classically influenced set" and that "Ultimately, it's that shared intensity, born out of the trio's decades-long partnership, that makes Andando el Tiempo such an engaging listen".[3] They also selected it as one of their Favorite Jazz Albums of 2016.[10]

Many reviews compared it to the trio's previous release. Writing in The Guardian, John Fordham observed "A more personal, private and succinct album than its predecessor, Trios, it’s just as captivating, and inconceivable in the hands of anyone else".[4] The All About Jazz review by John Kelman said it was "an album of largely introspective music that shares much with its predecessor, but also acts as a flip side of the same coin" and credited the producer stating "Eicher's own ear for detail renders both Trios and Andando el Tiempo as more sonically open, with greater clarity across the layers produced by these three players...and the room in which they recorded, live, without any baffling or separation [5] Another review by Karl Ackerman stated "the collection is as fine a small-group recording as Bley has produced in her career. While she has mastered all characteristics of musical narrative, here she has minimized the levity and occasional excesses in favor of warmth and class. It is a beautiful album".[6]

Bley's playing was noted by Cormac Larkin of The Irish Times who said "it is Bley the pianist who seems particularly liberated by the different arrangement, and the playing – from a woman who once described herself as 1 per cent player, 99 per cent composer – is moving and starkly lyrical".[7] The Wall Street Journal's Martin Johnson called the album "'a showcase for Ms. Bley’s intimate music, and it features superb, reserved performances in a trio setting featuring two longtime collaborators... their rapport is easy to hear; there are few unaccompanied solos, and most of the interplay sounds intuitive and spontaneous rather than composed... Unlike many pianists, Ms. Bley isn’t a flamboyant soloist; instead her style pushes the music gently into new realms."[11] In JazzIz, Lean Crowley stated "Her playing on Andando el Tiempo is, arguably, better than ever. Her typical quirk is slightly subsided for something much deeper and more intimate" [12] Pitchfork's Seth Colter Walls said "At 80 years of age, she remains an individual—and still composes like a born melodist, too".[8]

Track listing

All compositions by Carla Bley.

  1. "Sin Fin" - 10:21
  2. "Potación de Guaya" - 9:48
  3. "Camino al Volver" - 8:27
  4. "Saints Alive!" - 8:35
  5. "Naked Bridges/Diving Brides" - 10:05

Personnel

References

  1. ECM Catalogue accessed July July 16, 2016
  2. "A friend of mine was going through addiction problems and it was a first-time experience for me to really witness that up close. When you're [sic] friend is boozing away it's a horrible, hopeless situation. Writing music can be a way to cheer yourself up." As quoted in "Carla Bley's jazz journey" by Jane Rocca, The Sydney Herald, May 24, 2017; accessed 17 July 2018
  3. Collar, Matt. Andando el Tiempo – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved July 16, 2016.
  4. Fordham, J. The Guardian Review, May 16, 2016
  5. Kelman, J. Andando el Tiempo Review All About Jazz, May 6, 2016
  6. Akerman, K. Andando el Tiempo Review All About Jazz, April 26, 2016
  7. Irish Times Review, June 2, 2016
  8. Colter Walls, S. Pitchfork Review, Pitchfork, May 21, 2016
  9. Chinen, N. Carla Bley, Still Improvising and Inspiring as She Turns 80, The New York Times", May 10, 2016
  10. Allmusic Favorite Jazz Albums of 2016
  11. Johnson, M. ‘Andando el Tiempo’ by Carla Bley Review: Big Force in a Small Group, Wall Street Journal, May 30, 2016
  12. Crowley, L., Carla Bley, with the passing of time, JazzIz, May 31, 2016
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