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Athens Concert [2 CD]

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"Maria and I built upon this dream of creating a musical bridge between our two worlds. This dream became manifest in the Athens concert." - Charles Lloyd

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Product Details

  • Performer: Maria Farantouri, Jason Moran, Reuben Rogers, Eric Harland, Socratis Sinopoulos
  • Audio CD (September 13, 2011)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: ECM Records
  • ASIN: B005CAAVK2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,587 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Debra Jan Bibel TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 16, 2011
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Extraordinary. Charles Lloyd in his many spiritual jazz expeditions has never before ventured into these seas. In this 2-disc live recording from June 2010, he performs with Greek vocalist Maria Farantouri, combining American jazz improvisations and Greek tunes and lyrics. The first disc also contains Lloyd's own music and indeed lyrics, Dream Weaver and Blow Wind, but the album is mainly traditional music from Epirus, the Black Sea, and the Dodecanese Islands, and of composers Nikos Kypourgos, Eleni Karaindrous, and Mikis Theordorakis. Farantouri's voice is deep and dignified. Against Lloyd's rich, flowing saxophone and flute, Jason Moran provides crisp piano accents and melody emphases and rhythm men Reuben Rogers on bass and Eric Harland on drums cement the jazz groove. Socratis Sinopoulous plays lyra (a Greek fiddle) and Takis Farazis adds piano work in the third Greek Suite, a more folk-like grouping, found on disc 2. English translations to the lyrics are provided. Lyrical ballads, hymns, anthems, laments, and romances are of around the same slow to moderate tempo; you will not find bright or fast taverna pieces here. Lloyd instead gives impressions of antiquity [the performance took place in the classic Herod Atticus Odeon in Athens] and the roots of modern Greek ethos. Disc 1 is 42 minutes long, disc 2 lasts 45 minutes. This sequence of contained soulful, meditative pieces, spanning cultures and ages, finally lets loose in the last two tracks. The album should appeal to both jazz and world music fans. Lloyd's Aegean adventure is a success; I admire this musician who continues to explore, to seek out new horizons.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By o dubhthaigh VINE VOICE on September 22, 2011
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Charles Lloyd & Marai Farantouri have been friends for ages and over the course of this bond, Lloyd began to hear the call of a Delphic oracle. Responding, he assembled an absolutely brilliant cast of sidemen and then partnered with his friend who brought the poetry to the endeavour. If you buy no other recording this year, buy this one. Lloyd, inspirational father to artists like Keith Jarett, gives his colleagues room to explore and create, and they deliver with power, subtlety and grace. Moran, in particular distinguishes himself. He can soar like McCoy Tyner and then repair to those mystical places in the soul that are the lair of Jarrett. He is simply astounding in this outing. Maria's voice is one of such sonorous depth and texture that her Greek poetry seems intimately connected to the poetical wisdom of Parmenides and Heraclitus. This is a jazz recording that would have knocked Heidegger into ecstacy. And at each entry, Lloyd focuses the talents so that they do not ever once step twice into the same river. I did not want this concert to end. Perhaps it was filmed. I simply can't imagine how beautiful an experience this must have been for all those who were there, and given all the trouble Greece is going through, this is a sublime reminder that were it not for those marvellous ancient Greeks, we'd have no western culture. Perhaps we might yet find a way to preserve theirs after all they have done to give us ours and enhance it in concerts such as this.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Eric Kennedy on September 25, 2011
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To say it simple and plain: This is absolutely beautiful. Charles Lloyd and company create a great wash of sound and color. Their is swing, surprise and prayer all over this loving offer. For your listening pleasure, background or just straight up good music, this is a great listen.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mikio Miyaki on October 29, 2011
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The magnificent epic pervades the whole album. We could experience long journey searching for the quietude of mind. Difficulties and bumpy roads are all ahead of us who seek our peace of mind. American music met with mediterranean lyrics and sound in Athens. Charles Lloyd and Maria Farantouri transformed the material into a new contemporary soothing sound. However, the whole album is filled with the JAZZ. We could enjoy familiar Lloyd's voice in every tunes. When the last tune fades out, the big river suddenly appears in front of us. We notice we are standing by the wide riverside. Water flows easily and quietly. Indeed, Lloyd speaks he has always been drawn to the calming of waters on the Oct. issue of Jazz Times. "Dream Weaver" is reproduced after 46 years from the Atlantic recording. Jason Moran's sound fits with matured Lloyd. Moran metamorphosed Jarrett's earthy euphoria of Atlantic into traditional Greek tune. He confesses the quartet rehearsed a lot for the arrangement of new pieces, sensitive approaching and worked hard to get the right songs for Maria on the same magazine. They finally succeeded in cropping the huge amount of grains.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By andreas on November 1, 2011
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The magic in music. Two different worlds came into one. The amazing sounds of Charles Lloyd together with the exceptional voice of Maria Farantouri in Charle's songs but mainly in Greek songs including some of the major creek composers (Theodorakis, Karaindrou) but also some folk greek songs under a new view. Really magical moments. I am so happy that i will follow the concert live in Athens at 9th of November 2011.
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