PAUL BLEY recorded the compositions of CARLA BLEY with a quintet that included EDDIE GOMEZ, on the evening of October 20, 1964, at Mirasound Studios, with Alfy Wade as engineer. His group included MIFLORD GRAVES, MARSHALL ALLEN of the SUN RA Arkestra, and DEWEY JOHNSON. Today, Marshall leads the Sun Ra Arkestra.
"Featuring Gary Peacock, recorded in 1964 with Dewey Johnson (trumpet), Marshall Allen (alto sax), Eddie Gomez (bass), and Milford Graves (drums). Wildly disparate philosophies pooling enough common ground to make things work. Johnson especially makes the session buzz." All compositions by Carla Bley, who is also credited with tape assemblage. "On other ESP-albums from around 1964 you'll find charmingly outdated examples of wild electronic manipulation, using spliced and reversed sounds from all kinds of sources to give the already far-out music some extra weirdness (check out the beautiful Bob James Trio Explosions for some disturbing tape experiments). Carla Bley's tape assemblage only features splicing of musical themes, and tape-layering of existing tracks....All of this resulting in the original quintet sounding twice as big, and an emphasizing of the compositional structure in favour of free improvisation." -- Remco Takken.