|Carla Bley Big Band|
Since the forties, big bands were increasingly the domain of white musicians.In the course of the sixties, Don Ellis outdistanced the metric preoccupations of jazz-rock. Carla Bley, with her compositions evoking the worlds of Charles Ives, Eric Satie and Kurt Weill, introduced a dimension of parody.
As for Gil Evans
and George Russell, their invariably avant-garde writing led them to the
dismantling of the structures of the big band, frequently shrinking the
wind section, shifting the weight to the rhythm section, and adopting a
freedom inherited from free jazz. Aura (1989) was the first record Miles Davis brought out with a large group since he recorded Quiet Night with Gill Evans in 1962.
|Don Ellis Big Band|