Monday, July 16, 2007

Carla Bley & Paul Haines - Escalator Over The Hill (JCOA, 1971) *****

Weinig CD's hebben een zo uniek profiel als dit album van Carla Bley, en hoe je de muziek moet omschrijven is me een raadsel : een freejazz fusion wereldmuziek avant-garde opera lijkt nog de beste omschrijving, je krijgt het immers allemaal te horen, magistraal, bombastisch, walsend, hoempa-end, krijsend, rockend, spookachtig, enerverend, krankzinnig, paardenmolend, absurd, jammerend, huilend, dreigend, opzwepend, verpletterend, filmisch, ontwrichtend, smartlappend, chaotisch, ....

Neem een orkest met de toenmalige absolute crème-de-la-crème van de moderne jazz : Don Cherry, Gato Barbieri, Roswell Rudd, Karl Berger, Sam Brown, Charlie Haden, Paul Motian, Enrico Rava, Perry Robinson, Michael Mantler, Leroy Jenkins, Ron McClure, Jimmy Lyons, Carla Bley zelf uiteraard, en voeg daar nog een tiental bijkomende blazers bij. Voeg daar wat nieuwe vedetten uit de rock-muziek aan toe, met onder andere Linda Ronstadt op vocals, Jack Bruce (van Cream) op zang en bas, Don Preston (Mothers of Invention) op Moog synth, en natuurlijk John McLaughlin op gitaar, en nog enkele andere zangeressen zoals Jeanne Lee en Sheila Jordan.

Neem een theater-auteur die de meest waanzinnige en absurde teksten neerpent die in opera-stijl, rock-'n'-roll stijl, in musicalstijl, roepend, of zelfs gewoon worden gezongen of gesproken, alleen of in koor, begeleid of niet : en die vol ernst zinnen zingen als :

"It's in the lobby
of Cecil Clark's
that people raised
for one thing
like cows
for milk
and chickens
for legs
vote for something
and to the point
riding the escalator
over the hill

vote for something
and to the point"

... en Carla Bley maakte van dit alles iets muzikaals unieks.

Dus - benader deze muziek zonder enige vooringenomenheid, laat jezelf meeleiden in een verhaal zoals je er nog nooit één hoorde, vergeet je andere muzikale noties en verwachtingen, verlaat de veilige haven van je kennis en vaste patronen, en .... neem die verdomde roltrap.

(... en vraag me niet waar het over gaat!)

"Stop refusing to explain
Give up explaining"

For the English version, click HERE


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