Carl Zinsius Project: Five Banana – The Music of Carla Bley (CD)



Carl Zinsius Project: Five Banana – The Music of Carla Bley

The Carl Zinsius Project is a chamber ensemble, improvisation collective and groove machine all in one. And plays its very own version of European jazz in the 21st century.
In spring 2024, the ensemble will present its debut album “Five Banana – The music of Carla Bley”. On this album, the five musicians interpret the repertoire of composer Carla Bley with great curiosity and open ears.
The US-American Bley, who died in October 2023, is certainly one of the most important jazz composers of our time. Bley wrote pieces for the pianist & her first husband Paul Bley as early as the 1960s and thus became part of the avant-garde jazz movement. As conductor & arranger for Charlie Haden’s “Liberation Music Orchestra”, composer of the jazz opera “Escalator Over The Hill”, founder of her own label and leading woman in a male domain, Bley has always been a role model without equal.

On the album “Five Banana – The Music of Carla Bley” – a tribute to Bley’s work from the 60s to the 2000s – the musicians that drummer Carl Zinsius brought together for the album reinterpret Bley’s pieces with a lot of joy of playing and room for improvisation.
Strange, intimate & humorous compositions meet beautiful, simple yet surprising melodies and give an insight into the work of this unique composer.

Alex Scott – Sax
Anais Pasanau Miró – Clarinet
Willem Suilen – Piano
Bernd Zinsius – Bass
Carl Zinsius – Drums

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