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Voice in the Night
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Classical
It's Charles Lloyd again on ECM, a label that understood his grace-under-fire approach and appreciated his distinct voice when others carped that his approach was too meditational. For this recording ECM gives Lloyd an all... more »
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It's Charles Lloyd again on ECM, a label that understood his grace-under-fire approach and appreciated his distinct voice when others carped that his approach was too meditational. For this recording ECM gives Lloyd an all-star band to work with: drummer Billy Higgins, John Abercrombie, and Dave Holland . The results caught here suggest that Lloyd is at his best with the conceptual enrichment that a great rhythm section provides. There's a return to one-time hot tune "Forest Flower" and other Lloyd period pieces, but also some new compositions and Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach's "God Give Me Strength" and Billy Strayhorn's "A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing." Through it all, guitarist Abercrombie is delicately funky, and Holland and Higgins play with a guileless intensity that makes Lloyd seem quite appropriate, and maybe even essential, to our moment. --John F. Szwed
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G B | Connecticut | 06/12/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After five tenor-plus-rhythm recordings on ECM, Charles Lloyd decided to shift gears and look back to his musical roots. One of his first major gigs was the musical directorship of Chico Hamilton's innovative post-bop group, playing side by side with Hungarian guitarist Gabor Szabo. That group (represented on albums like A Different Journey and The Man from Two Worlds) debuted several of the pieces which appear on this album -- "Voice in the Night", various shorter pieces in the "Pocket Full of Blues" medley, and the perennial "Forest Flower".The personnel is also quite different than the earlier ECM albums, which usually included European rhythm section members and drummer Billy Hart. Lloyd drafts his old LA buddy Billy Higgins on drums, then completes the piano-less rhythm section with guitarist John Abercrombie and bassist Dave Holland. There's little of the chamber-music flavor, world music exoticism or Coltrane-ish moodyness that pervades the earlier albums.Instead, we get a surprisingly straight-ahead album by ECM standards. You can hear reflections of the Hamilton-Szabo group matured by age and experience. Lloyd's tenor is as robust and powerful as on Canto or All My Relations, with a greater nod to his Memphis roots. His ballad performances are beautiful and often profound (especially the title track and Strayhorn's "A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing") but without the occasional meditative stillness that crept in a few years before. On the more up-tempo tracks his cheeky wit frequently pops up; check out how he plays with the rhythm section on the blues medley. And the take on "Forest Flower" is one of the best of his career, light and loosely swinging.This is one of the best Lloyd albums on ECM, second only to Canto and maybe All My Relations. Like All My Relations, it contains a greater variety of tempos than much of his ECM work, and an excellent collection of compositions to boot. If you want to hear what Lloyd's been up to since emerging from retirement in the 80s, this is one of the places to start."
Brian Currin | Chicago | 04/28/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a sweet sounding CD with some great haunting qualities too. The musicianship and subtle interplay is top-notch from Lloyd, Holland, Abercrombie and Higgins. Highly recommended."