Are We There Yet? (Carla Bley album)

Are We There Yet?
Live album by Carla Bley & Steve Swallow
Released 1999
Recorded October 1998
Genre Jazz
Label Watt/ECM
Producer Carla Bley & Steve Swallow
Carla Bley chronology
Fancy Chamber Music
Are We There Yet?
4 x 4
Steve Swallow chronology
Are We There Yet?
Always Pack Your Uniform on Top

Are We There Yet? is a live album of duets by American composer, arranger, bandleader and keyboardist Carla Bley and bassist Steve Swallow recorded in Europe in 1998 and released on the Watt/ECM label in 1999.[1][2] It is the pair's third duet recording following Duets (1988) and Go Together (1992).


The Allmusic review by David R. Adler awarded the album 4 stars and stated "Bley's piano is remarkably versatile and passionate, and Swallow's signature electric bass sound tickles the senses".[3] The JazzTimes review by Bill Bennett said "Bley on piano is by no means a virtuoso, leaving the solo chores to Swallow-certainly not a bad thing, in and of itself. And Bley plays like the composer that she is, with a wry sense of humor and a comprehensive sense of intent that gives its piece both intellectual and emotional weight".[4]

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Track listing

All compositions by Carla Bley except as indicated
  1. "Major" - 3:36
  2. "A Dog's Life" (Steve Swallow) - 7:15
  3. "Satie for Two" (Swallow) - 8:42
  4. "Lost in the Stars" (Kurt Weill) - 5:16
  5. "King Korn" - 4:38
  6. "Playing With Water" (Swallow) - 4:42
  7. "Musique Mecanique" - 13:25



  1. Carla Bley discography accessed August 12, 2010
  2. ECM/WATT discography accessed August 25, 2016
  3. 1 2 Adler, D. R. Allmusic Review accessed August 12, 2010
  4. Bennett, B. Are We There Yet? Review JazzTimes, November, 2000
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