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The Most Infuriating Pianist in Jazz

Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says Carla Bley is an exceptional composer and piano player, but he's frustrated by how uneven her output has been throughout the 1980s. Her new album, Duets, with bassist Steve Swallow is a reminder of how good her music used to be. A reissue of an excellent, earlier record, Social Studies, is also available.



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Fresh Air with Terry Gross, January 23, 1989: Interview with Robertson Davies; Review of Carla Bley's albums "Duets" and "Social Studies"; Interview with Peter Nabokov; Review of the television show …


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