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4.0 out of 5 stars intimate, restless and, at times, magical, 28 Feb 2013
This review is from: Hagar's Song (Audio CD)
This is a recording of almost embarrassing intimacy at times. While discs such as "The Water Is Wide" and "Lift Every Voice" were confessional, plaintive, even restorative releases (in every sense of the word with "Lift Every Voice" constituting Lloyd's response to 9/11), this recording of Lloyd and Moran operating as a duo for the first time takes matters to a new level. Everything is imbued with an organic feel, from Lloyd's breathy tone on saxophones and flutes (the latter of which feature heavily in the 27 minute centrepiece which is "Hagar Suite", dedicated to Lloyd's great-grandmother, born into slavery).

However, running simultaneously with this intimacy of sound, is a restlessness of spirit, evident most obviously in "Pictogram", the only other Lloyd original apart from the afore-mentioned suite but also in the wonderfully-named "Dreams of White Buff" the disc's longest track and the second part of the suite. Moran's piano pulses, ebbs and flows, Jarrett-like, for one and half minutes before Lloyd enters in stately fashion on tenor sax, with perhaps his most beautiful performance of "Hagar's Song". The two musicians coax each other into an almost shrill exchange whereafter the music shifts from space and silence to ominous rumbles of sound with great ease and to equal effect.

Elsewhere, Lloyd and Moran provide distinctive interpretations of classics such as "Mood Indigo" and enrich, at least to my ears, "Bess, You Is My Woman Now" and the Bob Dylan number "I Shall Be Released" the originals of which I find too cloying and, in the latter case, sanctimonious. The fact that I have listened to "Hagar's Song" perhaps 20 times in the last 10 days is a testament to its quality, depth and variety of sound. Highly recommended indeed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CHARLES LLOYD AND JASON MORAN IN A WONDERFUL DUO PERFORMANCE, 28 Feb 2013
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RSProds "rbsprods" (Deep in the heart of Texas) - See all my reviews
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The legendary jazz tenor sax titan Charles Lloyd and his longtime muse from his quartet, multiple poll-winning pianist and MacArthur Foundation 'genius' Fellowship awardee Jason Moran, are caught on ECM records in enthusiastic, inspired duo performances of original compositions, jazz classics, show tunes, obscure ballads, and a Beach Boys mega-hit. Stripped bare of bass and drum accompaniment, these talented musicians are free to improvise and embellish, riding their internal duo pulse. The 'best of the best' begins with the beguiling "Pretty Girl", a touching version of Bob Dylan's "I Shall Be Released", and a lovely languid "You've Changed". The expansive 5 part suite dedicated to his great, great grandmother is full of exotica (Journey Up River), beauty (Alone), turbulence (Bolivar Blues), exhaustion (Dreams of White Bluff), and serenity (Hagar's Lullaby) with Lloyd reaping the whirlwind on flute and saxophone. Then there is a sterling performance of Earl 'Fatha' Hines' "Rosetta" and a fabulous version of Brian Wilson's "God Only Knows" that is the icing on the cake. Quite a great improvisational duo with a singular musical purpose, recorded on the pristine ECM soundscape, covering a wide spectrum of songs. Charles LLoyd turns 75 this year and this recording with duo partner Jason Moran's protean pianism shows Mr Lloyd is playing at a peak of invention, facility, and exploration. Jazz is the swinging 'sound of surprise' and this is a great example, full of beauty. Highly Recommended. Four and a half SUPERB Stars! (14 tracks, reviewed in MP3 format.)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 15 Oct 2014
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keith gardiner (Bahrain, Middle East) - See all my reviews
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Fine disc, with two of my favourite musicians.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magic!, 29 April 2013
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Another little gm from Mr. Lloyd. I have been listening to Charles Lloyd for nearly fifty years and still he gives me huge enjoyment on every album he releases. This is no exception. Buy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 10 Oct 2014
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excellent
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4.0 out of 5 stars The masters duo, 12 May 2013
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D. Searle (Gibraltar) - See all my reviews
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One of Lloyds most intimate albums. Lloyd is the bird and Moran the tree in blossom. This is pure music and a chance to see just how much Lloyd gets from his piano players.
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