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Notes From Big Sur
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Echoes of the quieter and bluer John Coltrane are heard frequently here in Charles Lloyd's horn, and some of his writing, too. Lloyd and Swedish pianist Bobo Stenson, Lloyd's collaborator throughout the 1990s, contribute o... more »
Echoes of the quieter and bluer John Coltrane are heard frequently here in Charles Lloyd's horn, and some of his writing, too. Lloyd and Swedish pianist Bobo Stenson, Lloyd's collaborator throughout the 1990s, contribute occasional, measured energy, but for the most part it is measure and phrasing that predominate, beginning at the opening with a genuinely affecting "Requiem." At times there are indications of Lloyd's late-1990s gravitation to transporting, meditative performance--for example, "Persevere," part 1 of "Pilgrimage to the Mountain," begins with a contemplative arco bass solo from Anders Jormin suggestive of travels in body and spirit to high, distant places. Drummer Ralph Peterson joins gently on hammers, then Lloyd, ever so quietly. Part 2 of "Pilgrimage," entitled "Surrender," partially refrains that effect at the album's end, and the East-inflected "Takur" is similarly ethereal. Elsewhere, the album generally steers more conventional soundways, to satisfying ends, nonetheless. --Peter Monaghan
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llull | Santa Barbara, CA | 04/26/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Soothing, deep and enchanting, this is Charles Lloyd at a beautiful stage of his impressive musical journey. The incomparable Bobo Stenson plays piano. The opening track alone, "Requiem," will take your breath away (and bring it back paced more meditatively). Recorded in Oslo in 1991, but you can feel Big Sur's calm and rustic presence here. The title is a nice double entendre: the finely etched musical notes themselves doubled by a look inside a composer's mystical notebook."
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B. Lafave | lakeland , fl | 09/06/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"what a beautiful and evocative and thought provoking project this is . ALL of CHARLES LLOYD'S projects come with the highest possible recommendation and are masterpieces as my fellow reviewer has accurately noted . BOBO STENSON additionally must be heard to be believed . gorgeous and truly deep musician him . get this . then get MR. LLOYD'S subsequent releases . you will not be disapointed ."