Appearing Nightly

Appearing Nightly
Live album by Carla Bley and Her Remarkable Big Band
Released September 9, 2008
Recorded July 17 & 18, 2006
Genre Jazz
Length 54:00
Label Watt/ECM
Producer Carla Bley & Steve Swallow
Carla Bley chronology
The Lost Chords
Appearing Nightly
The Lost Chords find Paolo Fresu

Appearing Nightly is a live album by American composer, bandleader and keyboardist Carla Bley, recorded in Paris in 2006 and released on the Watt/ECM label in 2008.[1][2] Bley's compositions and arrangements incorporate many references to big bands and jazz standards from the swing era. The album contains two compositions commissioned by the Jazz Orchestra of Sardinia, and a suite inspired by nightclubs and big bands of the 1950s commissioned for the Monterey Jazz Festival.[3]


The Allmusic review by Thom Jurek awarded the album 4 stars and stated "Ultimately, this is a very enjoyable set, one that begs repeated playing and deeper listening to get all the referent points, at the very least. But the truth is that it is so enjoyable, you'll find yourself getting lost in the music so often you'll forget to check".[4]

The All About Jazz review by C. Michael Bailey said that "Comparisons of Bley's big band talents to Ellington and Charles Mingus are not hyperbole. In a field crowded with every measure of big bands, Carla Bley's Big Band stands as one of the most inventive and unique ensembles"[5] Another review by Budd Kopman stated "Bley has surely succeeded in musically incarnating her past and her love of that music with her ever-present wit and high spirits".[6]

The JazzTimes review by Mike Shanley said "Carla Bley’s humor shapes a good portion of her music, but it never becomes the main focus of a composition... A sly wink, musically speaking, can say so much... the mood ranges from lyrically sentimental to hard swinging on a harmonic area not normally associated with big bands".[3] In June 2009 the well-respected Jazz Journalists Association honored the album with their award Record of the Year.[7]

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Track listing

All compositions by Carla Bley

  1. "Greasy Gravy" - 8:50
  2. "Awful Coffee" - 6:11
  3. "Appearing Nightly at the Black Orchid: 40 On-20 Off/Second Round/What Would You Like to Hear/Last Call" - 25:23
  4. "Someone to Watch" - 5:56
  5. "I Hadn't Anyone 'Till You" (Ray Noble) - 7:38



  1. ECM Catalogue accessed August 12, 2010
  2. ECM/WATT discography accessed August 25, 2016
  3. 1 2 Shanley, M. Appearing Nightly Review JazzTimes, December, 2008
  4. 1 2 Jurek, T. Allmusic Review accessed August 12, 2010
  5. Bailey, C. M. Appearing Nightly Review All About Jazz, September 2, 2008
  6. Kopman, B. Appearing Nightly Review All About Jazz, September 10, 2008
  7. Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards 2009 Winners, May 7, 2013
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