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Veteran saxophonist Charles Lloyd impressed with his 2008 release, Rabo de Nube, an album that featured a crack quartet composed of Lloyd, pianist Jason Moran, bassist Reuben Rogers, and drummer Eric Harland. The 2010 follow-up, Mirror, has the same group on board, and the album does not disappoint: the playing is sharply focused and the choice of material is superb. Lloyd, best known for his work on tenor saxophone, pulls out his alto for a tender rendition of “I Fall In Love Too Easily.” The Los Angeles native was a guest artist on albums by West Coast rock bands such as the Doors, Canned Heat, and the Beach Boys; here he covers the lovely Brian Wilson song “Caroline, No” in a swinging, lyrical version. Two pieces by Thelonious Monk, “Monk’s Mood” and “Ruby, My Dear,” are played with great sensitivity; the traditional “The Water Is Wide” is imbued with deep gospel and blues feeling; and “Lift Every Voice and Sing” is taken outside in joyful fashion. The album closes with “Tagi,” one of four Lloyd originals, which includes a meditative spoken-word performance by Lloyd, who also plays blissed-out tones on his horn.

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Excellent performances! Bringing heat to ballads, blues, spirituals & anthems. Legendary tenor saxophone titan Charles LLoyd with his 'super group' of Jason Moran on piano, Reuben Rogers on bass & Eric Harland on drums. Cutting a wide swath from the Beach Boys "Caroline, No" thru 2 Monk ballads, gospel & spiritual songs to some notable standards & anthems. Charles Lloyd is better than ever!

Charles Lloyd

It's been a long time since I've been so moved by an album. This is deep and emotional and reminds me of his earlier collaborations with jarret and dejohnette.

very good album

Great musicianship... Highly recommended.


Born: March 15, 1938 in Memphis, TN

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Saxophonist Charles Lloyd is a forward-thinking musician's musician whose supreme improvisational talents and interest in cross-pollinating jazz with rock as well as non-Western styles of music during the '60s and '70s established him as one of the key figures in the development of fusion and world music. Born in Memphis, Tennessee on March 15, 1938, Lloyd grew up surrounded by the vibrant blues and jazz scenes of his native city. Given a saxophone at age nine, Lloyd eventually studied with Memphis...
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Mirror, Charles Lloyd Quartet
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Rock
  • Released: Sep 14, 2010

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