207

Charles Lloyd: Voice in the Night

By

Sign in to view read count
Although Voice in the Night marks Charles Lloyd's return after over three decades to recording with guitar rather than piano as the chordal instrument, the most notable feature of his new CD is his return to form, as opposed to merely a return to format. He sounds the best he has since he left his Big Sur retreat to perform and record for ECM with Michel Petrucciani and Bobo Stenson. Indeed, the whole band sounds on, in this sequence of mostly Lloyd originals old and new, with an additional composition by Billy Strayhorn to close the CD, and an Elvis Costello / Burt Bacharach tune as well. The sound of the quartet is interesting as well, with the sometimes ethereal electric guitar creating a rich and distinctive backdrop for Lloyd's energetic and expressive tenor stylings, lines often pitched high enough to be more counter-tenor than tenor. It's a great rhythm section of veteran players, and clearly inspired Lloyd to an alertness and excitement which I don't recall since his Atlantic and Columbia recordings of the 1960's.

If you're familiar with those recordings, this "Forest flower" doesn't have the same epic qualities as the title track of Lloyd's Monterey festival recording of that name, but it is fresh and lively. As a guitarist, John Abercrombie has a more synthesized timbre and a more chordal approach than Gabor Szabo, who sometimes sounded as if he and Lloyd were so close as to mimic rather than complement each other's individuality. Their recordings with an unusually quiet Tony Williams were nearly monochromatic, as opposed to the varied and expressive sound of this likewise gifted but vastly more accomplished group.

Track Listing: Voice in the night; God give me strength; Dorotea's studio; requiem; Pocket full of blues; Homage; Forest Flower: sunrise / sunset; A flower is a lovesome thing

Personnel: Charles Lloyd, tenor saxophone; John Amercrombie, guitar; Dave Holland, double-bass; Billy Higgins, drums and percussion

| Record Label: ECM Records | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read Petite Afrique CD/LP/Track Review Petite Afrique
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 29, 2017
Read Organ Monk, The Breathe Suite CD/LP/Track Review Organ Monk, The Breathe Suite
by Roger Farbey
Published: April 29, 2017
Read The Wild CD/LP/Track Review The Wild
by Mark Sullivan
Published: April 29, 2017
Read Soul Garden CD/LP/Track Review Soul Garden
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: April 29, 2017
Read The Authorized Bang Collection CD/LP/Track Review The Authorized Bang Collection
by Doug Collette
Published: April 29, 2017
Read Cross My Palm With Silver CD/LP/Track Review Cross My Palm With Silver
by Karl Ackermann
Published: April 28, 2017
Read "Invisible Hand" CD/LP/Track Review Invisible Hand
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 9, 2017
Read "Confidences" CD/LP/Track Review Confidences
by Jack Bowers
Published: February 3, 2017
Read "In All My Holy Mountain" CD/LP/Track Review In All My Holy Mountain
by Roger Farbey
Published: February 12, 2017
Read "The Whistle Blower" CD/LP/Track Review The Whistle Blower
by Tyran Grillo
Published: May 23, 2016
Read "Solo" CD/LP/Track Review Solo
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: May 27, 2016
Read "S-O-L-O: 30th Birthday/30 Concerts/30 Cities" CD/LP/Track Review S-O-L-O: 30th Birthday/30 Concerts/30 Cities
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: May 19, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM RECORDS | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!