Sunday, May 14, 2006

Charles Lloyd with Zakir Hussain and Eric Harland

Almost the last thing to be heard on this stunning live recording is an ecstatic audience member, amidst the applause, crying ‘’Thank you so much,’’ in a perfect and spontaneous expression of the great joy emanating from this performance. Sangam, the album title, translates as “union” or “confluence” and is apt in describing not just the breath-taking interplay and common purpose among the three musicians in Charles Lloyd’s new trio, but also the deep spiritual love that sweeps off the stage and into the audience, taking up everyone in the excitement of the moment: inclusive, playful, joyous. It’s a brilliant example of the phenomenon Allen Ginsberg described as “wholly communion,” and it’s utterly infectious, even in the form of a CD played on your stereo.

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