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Mirror [CD]

Charles Lloyd Audio CD
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Charles Lloyd was born March 15, 1938 in Memphis, Tennessee. From an early age, he was immersed in that city's rich musical life and was exposed to jazz. He began playing the saxophone at the age of 9. Pianist Phineas Newborn became his mentor, and took him to Irvin Reason for lessons. Lloyd worked in Phineas Sr’s band, and from the age of 12 worked as sideman in the blues bands of ... Read more in Amazon's Charles Lloyd Store

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  • Audio CD (27 Sep 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: ECM
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,456 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Fall in Love Too Easily (For Lily)
2. Go Down Moses
3. Desolation Sound
4. La Llorona
5. Caroline, No
6. Monk's Mood
7. Mirror
8. Ruby, My Dear
9. The Water Is Wide
10. Lift Every Voice and Sing

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For half a century - from the legendary 'Forest Flower' quartet of the 60s all the way through to today - master saxophonist Charles Lloyd has been one of the most insightful band leaders in all of jazz, encouraging great players to give of their best. Many critics have opined that Lloyd's "New Quartet", with Jason Moran, Reuben Rogers and Eric Harland may be the best of them all. The group's previous release, the live Rabo de Nube, was a sensational success, so this studio recording is especially eagerly-awaited.

'Mirror' is the first studio album by the Lloyd-Moran-Rogers-Harland unit and it features beautiful, transformed versions of favourites 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" (the saxophonist guested on several Beach Boys albums in the 70s, including the classic "Surf's Up"), and plays the standard "I Fall In Love Too Easily". Lloyd originals include "Desolation Sound", "Mirror", "Tagi" (which includes a spoken-word meditation by Lloyd) and "Being and Becoming".

There is plenty of Lloyd's graceful, mellifluous and poetic tenor sax: We also get to hear some of his rarely-showcased alto saxophone, the instrument that Billy Higgins called Charles's "secret weapon". The band plays superbly, with Jason Moran in particular exhibiting all the skills that have made him a multiple poll winner.

Personnel: Charles Lloyd (tenor and alto saxophone, voice), Jason Moran (piano), Reuben Rogers (double-bass), Eric Harland (drums, voice)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Through a Glass Beautifully 11 Oct 2010
By degrant
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There was critical consensus that 2008's "Rabo de Nube" was a very special beast and the summation of Lloyd's art over the last decade. "Mirror" is the first studio recording by the same quartet and has yielded, if anything, more ecstatic reviews bar one from a very non-plussed and let-down lover of "Rabo de Nube". If truth be told, "Mirror" is not quite the masterpiece advocated but much much better than the dissenter's protest.

A quick look at the track listing is not overly encouraging. Three of the tracks have appeared on Lloyd's releases in the last decade and the proliferation of standards suggests a lack of inspiration. However, the opening notes of "I Fall in Love Too Easily" dispel any such doubts, Lloyd's alto beautifully winding its way round the melodic, restrained and doleful bass of Reuben Rogers. "Desolation Sound" sounds initially like Coltrane's "Naima" before revealing it as worthy of the jazz firmament as "Monk's Mood" or "Ruby, My Dear" which appear elsewhere.

Although Lloyd's flute playing is conspicuously (and sadly) absent, his saxes sing with a richness, maturity and vitality. For anyone who has seen him live, Eric Harland's drumming is pretty restrained throughout, but there is still plenty of snap and crackle as he plays with a skittish sensibility reminiscent of Jon Christenson. Jason Moran's piano playing is always elegant and colourful but, for me, Rogers steals the sidemen's show, displaying great versatility. The intensity and edge increase with the final three tracks - a deconstructed "Lift Every Voice and Sing", the wonderful "Being and Becoming, Road To Dakshineswar With Sangeeta" and the possibly even better "Tagi" full of the Indian feel reminiscent of many of Lloyd's releases as Lloyd narrates a poem over wonderful bowed lines from Rogers. It is a climatic feeling to a great album which, for all that it does not quite heat the peaks of its predecessor, is highly recommended.
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Five INVIGORATING Stars! Marvelous performances by the Charles Lloyd Quartet in the followup to the award-winning, live Rabo de Nube (Tail Cloud or Whirlwind). Mr Lloyd, the venerable tenor sax titan, at age 72 is still an ascendant marvel of great improvisational invention and compositional imagination. He is playing with a talented group that wasn't even born when he first announced his presence to the jazz world by lighting up his original version of "Forest Flower" with guitarist Gábor Szabó on Chico Hamilton's Man from Two Worlds. This is the first studio date from this very talented and cohesive group which includes Jason Moran on piano, Reuben Rogers on bass, and Eric Harland on drums and finds them in a more pensive, balladic mood, but still intense and very inspired. Also, LLoyd plays alto sax on this CD. From a lovely, intense version of "I Fall In Love Too Easily" to a buoyant "Go Down Moses" delivered over a driving beat to 2 Monk ballads to originals and one ringer, among others, this is beautiful, introspective swinging jazz. The other top performances begin with the title track "Mirror" which gets a memorable performance, that went straight to my crowded iPod. The ringer here is the rock hit "Caroline, No" by Lloyd's friend Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds [2000 Re-issue] CD: Lloyd takes it to the jazz 'woodshed', turning a rock beauty into a luminous jazz ballad that proves music is truly universal, especially in the hands of a master. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars ON REFLECTION A GREAT ALBUM 11 Oct 2010
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There is always magic in the air whenever Charles Lloyd issues an album,a true innovator l;ike LLoyd always pushes the envelope to the edge,and this force majure is no exception,there is something for everyone on this album,be it old,new,borrowed or blues.
The quartet is Charles LLoyd Tenor and Alto sax,Vocals,Jason Moran Piano,Reuben Rogers Double Basss and Eric Harland Drums.voice and th playing is fantastic,with the sound weaving beautifully textured."La Lorona " and a masterful version of Brian Wilsons "Caroline No" are prime examples of a man at his peak,showing that after years in the industry Charles has lost none of his zest for music.
The album also contains a couple of reworkings "Lift every voice and sing"and "The water is wide" both of which still feature in his live set.
Theolonius Monks'" Monks Mood" is hanled tenderly as well
"Mirror"is the title track and is perhaps the most immediate of the new self penned tunesand in some ways reminds me of "Georgia on my mind"great bass lines on this as well
"Ruby my dear" has some delightful piano,bass and sax interplay
so there you have it then another great album from Mr LLoyd.
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