Charles Lloyd: Lift Every Voice (2002)
The two disk recording is filled with delights, from the endearing spirituals “Amazing Grace” and “Deep River”, to popular covers such of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” and Joe Cocker’s “You Are So Beautiful”. Each is uniquely realized with Lloyd’s touch. The group lays down some serious and sweet sounds, which make a joyous listening experience. There is also an earthy feel on the gritty yet warm “East Virginia, West Memphis”, which exposes the roots of Lloyd’s blues experience and rural influences, as Lloyd and Abercrombie trade somber notes with a fiery passion. Lloyd’s warm and passionate sound is smooth and thoughtful on the beautiful “Rabo De Nube”, and he even plays flute on the ethereal “Beyond Darkness.” One of the many gems on recording is the remake of the spiritual “Go Down Moses” which unfolds like a musical Exodus, with extreme creativity and outstanding solos from all musicians. With the utmost respect and dedication to jazz pioneers, and a voice that clearly expresses his own message, Lloyd continues to bless us with music that inspires, as well as entertains.
Track Listing: DISC 1: 1. Hymn To The Mother 2. You Are So Beautiful 3. Amazing Grace 4. East Virginia, West Memphis 5. What's Going On 6. Angel Oak 7. Te Amare 8. I'm Afraid 9. Hafez, Shattered Heart
DISC 2: 1. Rabo De Nube 2. Blood Count 3. Go Down Moses 4. Beyond Darkness 5. Nocturne 6. Wayfaring Stranger 7. Deep River 8. Lift Every Voice And Sing 9. Prayer, The Crossing
Personnel: Charles Lloyd
Record Label: ECM Records