Escalator Over the Hill

Escalator Over the Hill

by Carla BleyCarla Bley

CD(German Import)

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Quick, name another album that features Don Cherry, Jack Bruce, Paul Motian, Gato Barbieri, John McLaughlin, Charlie Haden, and Linda Ronstadt. Escalator Over The Hill, composer and arranger Carla Bley's epic "chronotransduction," is one of the great everything-and-the-kitchen-sink projects to fall into the jazz tradition. Collaborating with the poet Paul Haines, whose impenetrable Dadaesque lyrics are basically as informative as the designation "chronotransduction," Bley concocts a deliberately skewed, over-the-top, and always fascinating opera-of-sorts that mixes Kurt Weill-influenced orchestrations with free jazz, pop, electronic music, fusion, world music exotica, and a host of other eclectic styles. Forget about coherent narrative (Bley and Haines certainly did) and concentrate on the music. From the furious McLaughlin-Bruce-Bley-Motian jam, "Rawalpindi Blues," to the delightful vocal duet between Haden and Ronstadt, "Why," and a hundred slanted moments in between, Escalator Over The Hill, is chock filled with surprise and wonder.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/27/2000
Label: Ecm Import
UPC: 0042283931022
catalogNumber: 839310
Rank: 41160


Disc 1

  1. Hotel Overture
  2. This Is Here....
  3. Like Animals
  4. Escalator over the Hill
  5. Stay Awake
  6. Ginger and David
  7. Song to Anything That Moves
  8. Eoth Theme
  9. Businessmen
  10. Ginger and David Theme
  11. Why
  12. It's Not What You Do
  13. Detective Writer Daughter
  14. Doctor Why
  15. Slow Dance
  16. Smalltown Agonist

Disc 2

  1. End of Head
  2. Over Her Head
  3. Little Pony Soldier
  4. Oh Say Can You Do?
  5. Holiday in Risk
  6. Holiday in Risk Theme
  7. A.I.R.
  8. Rawalpindi Blues
  9. End of Rawalpindi
  10. End of Animals
  11. ...And It's Again

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carla Bley   Primary Artist,Keyboards,Vocals,Track Performer
Jack Bruce   Bass,Vocals
Linda Ronstadt   Vocals
Gato Barbieri   Saxophone
Don Cherry   Percussion,Trumpet
Karen Mantler   Guitar,Vocals
Michael Mantler   Piano,Trumpet
John McLaughlin   Guitar
Perry Robinson   Clarinet
Roswell Rudd   Trombone,Vocals
Bob Stewart   Tuba,Vocals
Don Preston   Synthesizer
Charlie Haden   Bass,Vocals
Paul Haines   Track Performer
Paul Jones   Vocals
Paul Motian   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Jack Bruce   Contributor
Linda Ronstadt   Contributor
Gato Barbieri   Contributor
Carla Bley   Arranger,Producer,Orchestration,Adaptation
Don Cherry   Contributor
Michael Mantler   Producer
John McLaughlin   Contributor
Roswell Rudd   Contributor
Don Preston   Contributor
Viva   Contributor
Dick Baxter   Engineer
Jim Crotty   Engineer
Paul Goodman   Engineer
Charlie Haden   Contributor
Ray Hall   Engineer
Paul Jones   Contributor
Jeanne Lee   Contributor
Gus Mossler   Engineer
Paul Motian   Contributor
Robert Fries   Engineer
Dave Jones   Engineer
Pat Martin   Engineer
Paul McDonough   Artwork,Layout Concept
Karl Sjodahl   Engineer
Wes Wickemeyer   Engineer
Tom Brown   Engineer

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