After giving two concerts at the Spectrum on February 14 and 15, 1983, the pastor's daughter's from Oakland is coming back to Montréal. Let's review what was said about her earlier engagements.Like so many "contemporary" musicians, Carla Bley mixes styles and rythms. this eclectic quality can easily result in total confusion and many an artist has been unable to cope. It catches on quickly but has no lasting power.
From her two previous concerts, Montréal fans know that Carla Bley is on solid ground, a master at the art of mixing styles. Some of her success comes from her choice of the best instrumentalists: Steve Slagle, Gary Valente, Steve Swallow and Mike Mantler who add their personal touch to Carla Bley's compositions. It can be said of Carla's talent at picking musicians that she inherited it from Duke Ellington.
To many who have heard them, the Lounge Lizards are "too far out". Their music certainly is not meant for regular mortals. It is, to say the least, different and that's good. They are as important to a festival as a mouthpiece is to a boxer.
These musicians have a particular talent -- they keep their form of musical expression free from outside influence. John Lurie, sax and bandleader, puts it this way: "Our music is not really jazz but it does touch jazz. We use no vocals, improvisations are short and all the rest is well rehearsed". Oh yes, they really work and their music and one must take note of their close interpretation of numbers by Monk and Ellington which they are fond of playing along with their own music. Like many of their contemporaries, the five members of the Lounge Lizards endeavour to mix musical styles.