Many critics have opined that Charles Lloyd’s ‘New Quartet’,
with Jason Moran, Reuben Rogers and Eric Harland may be
the best of all his groups. The quartet’s previous release in this
line-up, the live-recorded ‘Rabo de Nube,’ met with across-the-
board approval and was voted #1 album of the year in both the
Critics and Readers Polls of JazzTimes..
‘Mirror,’ on ECM Records, is the first studio album by the
New Quartet and features beautiful, transformed versions of
favorites including both Lloyd originals and tunes Charles has
made his own over the years. There is a pair of Thelonious Monk
tunes, ‘Ruby, My Dear,’ and ‘Monk’s Mood,’ as well as hymns
and traditionals including ‘Go Down Moses,’ “Lift Every Voice
And Sing”, and ‘The Water Is Wide.” Lloyd covers Brian Wilson’s
‘Caroline, No,’ and plays a haunting version of the the standard
‘“I Fall In Love Too Easily.’ Lloyd originals include ‘Desolation
Sound,’ ‘Mirror,’ ‘Tagi’ (which includes a Bhagavad Gita inspired
spoken-word meditation by Lloyd) and “Being and Becoming”.
“Charles is playing really beautiful,” Ornette Coleman says, in
the documentary film ‘The Monk and the Mermaid.’ “ He’s
expressing the qualities of what we experience. Trying to make
a contribution to the quality of life, to do with knowledge.” The
knowledge, experience, and wisdom conveyed through Lloyd’s
tender saxophone soliloquies have drawn great musicians to
him over the decades, and contributed to a reputation as one
of the most insightful band leaders in all of jazz.
North America Septmember 14
Germany & Switzerland September 17
United Kingdom September 27
France October 10
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