One of the most notable composers/performers on the contemporary jazz scene, Carla Bley begins this July 1983 concert with the
hymn like "The Lord Is
Listening to You." An appropriate beginning, since Bley's musical life
began under the tutelage of her church-organist father. From there, via another
half-dozen original compositions, she provides a demonstration of her knack for
mixing old and new, Europe and America, abstract and highly melodic jazz, into a
package that couldn't be anyone else's.