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Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Escalator Over the Hill

Quick, name an album featuring Linda Ronstadt, Don Cherry, John McLaughlin, Gato Barbieri, and Jack Bruce. That would be the three-record big band jazz/avant garde not-opera "Escalator Over the Hill" a "Chronotransduction" by Carla Bley and Paul Haines, recorded between 1969 and 1971. Sure it's an unlistenable pretentious mess, but it's the perfect recording to out-snob a snob. Dig it!



karlG said...

It's not pretentious -- it's a chronotransduction, you fool!

I'll bet Zappa liked it.

Stu said...

Reminds me of Frank Zappa's "200 Motels." And, as a fan of such music, I'm dismayed at the description: "...it's an unlistenable pretentious mess." (Big fan of PCL LinkDump, so please, keep on doin' what you're doin'.)

After repeated listening, I find I'm determined to acquire the entire album. Thanks for the tip. PCL LinkDump FTW!!