10 Songs, 1 Hour 7 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Veteran jazz adventurer Charles Lloyd’s 2015 comeback album, Wild Man Dance, featured intense, winding improvisations with unusual instruments; in typically unpredictable fashion, he follows up with an Americana-drenched exploration including Bill Frisell's gently bluesy guitar. The populist moves work without pandering: The “Masters of War” cover has a grim specificity, while the Willie Nelson collaboration continues the Red Headed Stranger’s winning streak of guest appearances on Blue Note. But it’s the unwavering strength of Lloyd’s lyrical tenor sax (“Barche Lamsel”) and his boisterous flute playing (“Of Course, of Course”) that unify the album.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Veteran jazz adventurer Charles Lloyd’s 2015 comeback album, Wild Man Dance, featured intense, winding improvisations with unusual instruments; in typically unpredictable fashion, he follows up with an Americana-drenched exploration including Bill Frisell's gently bluesy guitar. The populist moves work without pandering: The “Masters of War” cover has a grim specificity, while the Willie Nelson collaboration continues the Red Headed Stranger’s winning streak of guest appearances on Blue Note. But it’s the unwavering strength of Lloyd’s lyrical tenor sax (“Barche Lamsel”) and his boisterous flute playing (“Of Course, of Course”) that unify the album.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
18 Ratings
18 Ratings
jazbeaux

Superb

A most enjoyable jazz recording. Nothing outrageous, lots of beautiful choices. Bill Frisell has his best stuff going on this session. Norah Jones is perfect- understated, easy, gorgeous, a repeat track for sure.

Afatcat

Relaxing and beautiful

Best jazz I have ever heard! Good for a romantic dinner or spa. You Are So Beautiful is the best among them.

About Charles Lloyd & The Marvels

An eclectic ensemble centered around saxophonist Charles Lloyd and guitarist Bill Frisell, Charles Lloyd & the Marvels play an expansive brand of jazz that draws upon the members' love of modal post-bop, country, surf rock, and more. Emerging in 2016, the group issued its debut album, I Long to See You, on Blue Note.

Formed in 2015, Charles Lloyd & the Marvels initially grew out of a live appearance Lloyd made at UCLA's Royce Hall in 2013 in which he was joined on-stage by guitarist Frisell. After signing with Blue Note and issuing 2015's Wild Man Dance, the saxophonist had planned on releasing the recording of his Royce Hall concert as his follow-up. However, producer and wife Dorothy Darr and producer Don Was instead convinced him to work on a wholly new album with Frisell. Joining them were steel guitarist Greg Leisz and longtime Lloyd associates bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Eric Harland. The group, dubbed Charles Lloyd & the Marvels, debuted in 2016 with the full-length I Long to See You. Included on the album were guest appearances by Norah Jones and Willie Nelson.

Following a tour with the Marvels, Lloyd returned to his work with his New Quartet with Rogers, Harland, and pianist Jason Moran. In 2018, he was back with the Marvels for Vanished Gardens, a collaboration with Americana singer/songwriter Lucinda Williams. Featured on the album were reworked versions of four of Williams' songs, as well as a cover of Jimi Hendrix's "Angel."

ORIGIN
Santa Barbara, CA
GENRE
Jazz
FORMED
2015

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