The Lost Chords

The Lost Chords
Live album by Carla Bley
Released 2004
Recorded October 2003
Genre Jazz
Label Watt/ECM
Producer Steve Swallow
Carla Bley chronology
Looking for America
The Lost Chords
Appearing Nightly

The Lost Chords is a live album by American composer, bandleader and keyboardist Carla Bley with Andy Sheppard, Steve Swallow, and Billy Drummond recorded in Europe in 2003 and released on the Watt/ECM label in 2004.[1][2]


The album was greeted with significant critical approval. The Allmusic review by Thom Jurek awarded The Lost Chords 3½ stars and stated "The depth of communication here is marvelous, and given the level of comfort these musicians have with one another, that feeling of ease is communicated to the listener as well".[3] The JazzTimes review by Geoffrey Himes said "if great jazz playing involves fresh harmonic thinking and ensemble give-and-take, this is some of the best jazz playing around.".[4] The Penguin Guide to Jazz awarded it 4 stars calling it "A marvellous record... Recommended to fans and newcomers alike".[5]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Penguin Guide to Jazz[5]

Track listing

All compositions by Carla Bley
  1. "3 Blind Mice: 3 Blind Mice" - 5:33
  2. "3 Blind Mice: Wink Leak/Traps/Leonard Feather" - 5:30
  3. "3 Blind Mice: The Maze/Blind Mice Redux" - 4:14
  4. "Hip Hop" - 7:44
  5. "Tropical Depression" - 7:39
  6. "Red" - 6:03
  7. "Lost Chords: I" - 9:07
  8. "Lost Chords: II" - 4:23
  9. "Lost Chords: III" - 3:41
  • Recorded live in Europe in October 2003.



  1. Carla Bley discography accessed August 12, 2010
  2. ECM/WATT discography accessed August 25, 2016
  3. 1 2 Jurek, T. Allmusic Review accessed August 12, 2010
  4. Himes, G. The Lost Chords Review JazzTimes, September, 2004
  5. 1 2 Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2006) [1992]. The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (8th ed.). New York: Penguin. p. 131. ISBN 0-14-102327-9.
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