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Fish Out of Water
Charles Lloyd
Fish Out of Water
Genres: Jazz, Pop
 
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With this CD, saxophonist Charles Lloyd returned to prominence after lying low throughout the 1970s and much of the 1980s. His popular acclaim of the late 1960s and early 1970s, as a jazzman somehow appealing to the devote...  more »

      
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All Artists: Charles Lloyd
Title: Fish Out of Water
Members Wishing: 4
Total Copies: 0
Label: ECM Records
Release Date: 3/15/1994
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Styles: Smooth Jazz, Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 781182139824

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With this CD, saxophonist Charles Lloyd returned to prominence after lying low throughout the 1970s and much of the 1980s. His popular acclaim of the late 1960s and early 1970s, as a jazzman somehow appealing to the devotees of American pop psychedelia, was perhaps fortunately a distant memory as he rebuilt his musical persona around a quartet peopled with fine European players. Pianist Bobo Stenson would be the most prominent among those. Elements of the Coltrane sound are often present in Lloyd's yearning, mellifluous horn. At times, as in the moving "Dirge," the whole quartet harks to Coltrane's supreme band with McCoy Tyner and Elvin Jones. Overall, the album is distinctly one for quiet listening in relaxed moments. Stenson, on the surface unobtrusive and unassuming, is a far cannier player than he first appears, and he well complements Lloyd who, as ever, quests for deliverance. --Peter Monaghan

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Charles Lloyd returns -
Will Flannery | Berkeley, CA | 12/31/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Charles Lloyd became the first jazz artist to sell a million records with his release of "Forest Flower" in the sixties. He also adopted the dress and manner of the hippie generation and played places like the Fillmore, sharing the bill with groups like Janis Joplin, and Jefferson Airplane. He made so much money, he bought a house in Malibu and hobnobbed with the stars.Then, he dropped out. Stopped playing publicly, and stopped recording. Moved to Big Sur. Chanted. Planted a garden.After a few tentative efforts, he came back full steam with this release. This is an exceptionally fine album. The first thing one notices is the astonishing quailty of the sound. Take for example the first cut 'Fish Out of Water'. The tempo is relaxed, and each instument is heard as an individual sound rather than part of a amalgam. As always, Lloyd writes his own material, and it features his own unique harmonic framework and melodic inventions. Lloyd creates a soundscape unlike any other in jazz. The melodies on this disc seem almost incomplete, and then they fade away into the modern sounding piano of Bobo Stenson. But when Lloyd returns for a solo, the momentum gathers and he brings it to a emotional catharsis. This is jazz at its finest.The remaining tunes keep the modal motif, and Lloyd's playing sounds so natural it seems as if he was born with a saxophone in his hands. His playing seems completely effortless, the fastest and most complex lines falling into the music by their own volition. Lloyd is one of the masters. It's great that he is back and actively playing.Incidentally, Lloyd's greatest recording, in my opinion, is "Man From Two Worlds" which is listed not under his name but under Chico Hamilton's...."
Simply beautiful
C. Daniels | Berkeley, CA United States | 02/12/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I love the contrast between the warmth of Lloyd's tenor and the calm, perhaps cool (but never cold) virtuosity of this truly great Scandinavian rhythm section. To my ears, "Bharati," a preternaturally slow meditative ballad, and "Eyes of Love", an up-tempo track, are the highlights. On these tracks, you can really hear how closely this the quartet listens to each other. This is such a beautiful album."