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Liberation Music Orchestra directed by Carla Bley

EFG London Jazz Festival 2016

Venue: Cadogan Hall


Carla Bley
piano, conductor
Tony Malaby
Chris Cheek
Loren Stillman
Michael Rodriguez
Seneca Black
Vincent Chancey
french horn
Marshall Gilkes
Earl McIntyre
Steve Cardenas
Darek Oles
Matt Wilson

The spirit and humanity of the late bass player Charlie Haden is being celebrated with new album Time / Life (out 14 October on Impulse!) and live performance of his Liberation Music Orchestra, with arrangements by Carla Bley.

With an American election looming, the Liberation Music Orchestra is music that stirs the soul – a celebration of the human spirit and the dignity of the individual. Crossing the boundaries of jazz into a new world music, a new folk music, Bley’s arrangements are ‘miracles of dynamics, rising and falling in volume and velocity’ (Rolling Stone).

A stellar band includes soloists of the calibre of trumpeter Michael Rodriguez, saxophonists Tony Malaby and Chris Cheek, french horn player Vincent Chancey and one of Charlie’s star pupils, bassist Darek Oles.

‘Makes a case for vision, creativity and concern.’ (

‘Rich, elegiac marvel of large ensemble jazz.’ (

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