Big Band Theory

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

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


The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 3 stars and stated "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
Penguin Guide to Jazz[3]

Track listing

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. Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed August 9, 2010
  3. 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.
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