Charles Lloyd – Mirror

October 8, 2010 / No Comments / Tags: charles lloyd, jason moran, jazz, jazz reviews, saxophonist, thejazzpage

(ECM Records)

Mirror, the latest recording from saxophone legend Charles Lloyd, is not only one of our favorites of the year, but ranks among the best of his recordings. Much of Lloyd’s music has possesed a contemplative feeling, but on this project it seems especially true. Lloyd re-creates several well-known standards and his own previously recorded tunes with an outstanding ensemble of musicians that breathe new life into the material. Joining him on this effort are pianist Jason Moran (who recently became a recipient of the MacArthur Genius Award), bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Eric Harland. The rhythm section provides an excellent framework for Lloyd, who clearly demonstrates, at the tender age of 72, that he is still performing at the top of his game.

Click here to listen to a clip of “Caroline, No”.

Tracks: I Fall in Love Too Easily (For Lily), Go Down Moses, Desolation Sound, La Llorona, Caroline, No, Monk’s Mood, Mirror, Ruby, My Dear, The Water Is Wide, Lift Every Voice And Sing, Being And Becoming, Road To Dakshineswar with Sangeeta, Tagi.