Feng shuithe Chinese art of physical arrangementssays that a garden is perfect when no item can be removed without diminishing its substance. Woodwind grand-master Charles Lloyd's song release, "Defiant, Tender Warrior," is a lot like feng shui in this respect. This minimalist gem blends suggestive flurries on tenor sax, ethereal reflections on piano, and a steady thrum on acoustic bass and drum kit. The treatment is so delicate that you are fully attuned to the full minute-long crescendo that begins at 1:55. To achieve this overall effect, it should be no wonder that Lloyd has brought together world-class talentJason Moran on piano, Larry Grenadier on acoustic bass and Brian Blade on drums. Sometimes the most refined ballads are the quietest.
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