Quotes by: Carla Bley

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Carla Bley
Background information
Birth name Lovella May Borg
Born (1936-05-11) May 11, 1936 (age 80)
Oakland, California, U.S.
Genres Post bop, jazz fusion, free jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, bandleader, composer
Instruments Piano, organ
Years active 1960–present
Labels WATT, ECM, Universal
Associated acts Michael Mantler, Steve Swallow, Paul Bley, Nick Mason, Johnny Griffin, Gary Burton, Jimmy Giuffre, George Russell, Art Farmer, Liberation Music Orchestra, Jack Bruce, Charlie Haden, Jazz Composer's Orchestra, Paul Haines
Website wattxtrawatt.com

Listening is more important than anything else because that's what music is. Somebody is playing something and you're receiving it. It is sending and receiving.
Carla Bley
Living composers writing for big band are very few and far between. There are not a lot of them, and I have a talent for doing it. I am zeroing in on what I do best.
Carla Bley
Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker seemed so sophisticated and bad. I wanted to be like that.
Carla Bley
I just got to hear every note. After I left Birdland, I started working at the Jazz Gallery. In the end, I still couldn't play, but I knew how to listen. I was probably the world's best listener.
Carla Bley
I don't enjoy traveling in America. I don't like the food, the cars. It is not exotic enough. It all tastes a bit like airline food.
Carla Bley
When you have 13 horns, and one is soloing, you have 12 people to play the richest, fullest chord you could ever imagine behind that solo.
Carla Bley
There are times when what's happening in rock is the best music in the world, and there are times when there is nothing worthwhile at all.
Carla Bley
One performer whose band played my music better than I could myself was Art Farmer. He recorded 'Sing Me Softly of the Blues' and 'Ad Infinitum'.
Carla Bley
When you are studying jazz, the best thing to do is listen to records or listen to live music. It isn't as though you go to a teacher. You just listen as much as you can and absorb everything.
Carla Bley
It would be really hard to get serious about anything political today unless it was a joke.
Carla Bley
I got started when I was 3 years old because my father was a music teacher and my lessons were free. Instead of learning to walk, you learn to play the piano.
Carla Bley
When Ronald Reagan was elected I was on a bus traveling with a band in France. I wrote a little arrangement of The Star Spangled Banner in a minor key.
Carla Bley
I still prefer the bebop of the '40s. The very stuff I started out with is still the best to me. I have come full circle.
Carla Bley
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