Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Charles Lloyd-Mirrors-ECM

What can or cannot be said of the storied musical career of Charles Lloyd? It has been 3 years since his prior release, Rabo de Nube. With that said The Seer Charles Lloyd needs to be recorded more than we are privy. We need his energy. We need his vistas of endless, bountiful, fruitful elegies. For this latest release, Mirrors is but a mini-epic of his music/life hymn. Just a sliver of a chapter we are hereby entreated on an august journey to nirvana. Yet it is like trying to catch a comet who’s tail we only capture in a glance.
Mirrors, does feature the oft herald signature riff we’ve come to expect. The scat-like melodic cadence I’ve come to call, “The Lloyd Flutter”. But then again too we are beholden to the unexpected as well. The late drum master Billy Higgins once remarked of Lloyd’s alto saxophone as his, “secret weapon” and the disc begins lovingly with the achingly tender muse, “I Fall in Love Too Easily”. Ahhhhhh....it is a lesson of the heart and the heart broken. Which segues into the lithe yet effectively poignant reprisal of ‘Go Down Moses’.
This group of pianist Jason Moran; bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Eric Harland breathe and move as substantive organism. In Moran, The Seer Lloyd has a soul mate for Moran is head and shoulder above the perhaps more notable names bandied about in today’s jazz scene. In Moran, youth is not wasted on the young. He seems to have spend plenty quality time neath the charge of The Seer Lloyd plumbing the depths of The master’s penchant for Americana, the Negro spirituals, unearthed rich chestnuts and his own compositional laments and tributes. They share a mutual musical love and it is apparent here.
There are redresses of the aforementioned ‘Go Down Moses’; “The Water is Wide” and a perennial favorite, “Lift Every Voice and Sing”. Plus 2 Monk offerings, “Ruby, My Dear” and “Monk’s Mood”.
The Seer Charles Lloyd is in a heavenly yet earth bound sanctuary all his own. And Mirror is testimony of his continued sanctification. I Bow to his Greatness!!!!

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