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Hagar's Song

Jason Moran, Charles LloydAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Pretty GirlCharles Lloyd 4:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Mood IndigoCharles Lloyd 5:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Bess, You Is My Woman NowCharles Lloyd 3:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. All About RonnieCharles Lloyd 4:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. PictogramCharles Lloyd 3:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. You've ChangedCharles Lloyd 4:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Journey Up RiverCharles Lloyd 6:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Dreams Of White BluffCharles Lloyd 9:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. AloneCharles Lloyd 2:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Bolivar BluesCharles Lloyd 4:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Hagar's LullabyCharles Lloyd 5:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. RosettaCharles Lloyd 4:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. I Shall Be ReleasedCharles Lloyd 5:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. God Only KnowsCharles Lloyd 3:31$1.29  Buy MP3 

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  • Audio CD (February 26, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ecm Records
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,530 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Lloyd has an utterly personal sound that he exploits beautifully on ballads and lyrical, near-abstract pieces. --The New Yorker

The bottom line is that he is now producing, both live and on recordings, some of the finest playing of his career. --Los Angeles Times

Product Description

Hagars Song, the newest release from longtime ECM luminary Charles Lloyd, is an interactive duo recording with Jason Moran, the pianist who has been a key member of Lloyds latter-day quartet, contributing to the albums Rabo de Nube (2008), Mirror (2010) and Athens Concert (2012). Hagars Song, a collection of intimacy and homage, features pieces especially dear to Lloyd, ranging from compositions by Billy Strayhorn (Pretty Girl a/k/a Star-Crossed Lovers), Duke Ellington (Mood Indigo) and George Gershwin (Bess, You Is My Woman Now) to a standard strongly associated with Billie Holiday (You ve Changed), Brian Wilsons most famous Beach Boys ballad (God Only Knows) and a Bob Dylan song definitively interpreted by the Band (I Shall Be Released). The centerpiece of the album is the title suite composed by Lloyd and dedicated to his great-great-grandmother, who was taken from her home in south Mississippi at age 10 and sold to a slave-owner in Tennessee.
The release of Hagars Song comes in time to help mark Lloyds 75th birthday, on March 15, 2013. About the pieces that constitute Hagars Song, the saxophonist says: Music has always been my inspiration and consolation I hope to give the same. The songs we chose for the recording are part of the continuous thread of music that is my life.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE PERFECT DUO February 26, 2013
Format:Audio CD
Great album, only two masters; Charles Lloyd on saxophones and alto flute and Jason Moran on piano. Is a master work, pure beauty a intensive introspective of the real meanings of the music. "Hagar's Song" is probably the best CD of Lloyd since "Rabo de Nube", also with Moran. You can find two types of songs. One selection of Lloyd's favorites; Pretty girl, MooIndigo, Bess, You is My Woman Now, You have Changed, Rosseta. Two incredible versions of pop songs; I shall be Released fron Dylan, and the best version I never heard before of Brian Wilson "God Only Knows". And the other part are two composition of Lloyd; Pictogram and a suite , "Hagar suite" dedicated to his grand, grand mother.
Everything sound perfect, mood and melody, both artist are in perfect communion . Sure that this album will be a classic in weeks. Is difficult to find something more simple and complex. Is a CD to dream in music. Thanks fellows .
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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The legendary jazz tenor sax titan Charles Lloyd and his longtime muse from his quartet, multiple poll-winning pianist and MacArthur Foundation 'genius' awardee Jason Moran, are caught on ECM records in enthusiastic, inspired duo performances of original compositions, jazz classics, show tunes, obscure ballads, and a Beach Boys mega-hit. Stripped bare of bass and drum accompaniment, these talented musicians are free to improvise and embellish, riding their internal duo pulse. The 'best of the best' begins with the beguiling "Pretty Girl", a touching version of Bob Dylan's "I Shall Be Released", and a lovely languid "You've Changed". The expansive 5 part suite dedicated to his great, great grandmother is full of exotica (Journey Up River), beauty (Alone), turbulence (Bolivar Blues), exhaustion (Dreams of White Bluff), and serenity (Hagar's Lullaby) with Lloyd reaping the whirlwind on flute and saxophone. Then there is a sterling performance of Earl 'Fatha' Hines' "Rosetta" and a fabulous version of Brian Wilson's "God Only Knows" that is the icing on the cake. Quite a great improvisational duo with a singular musical purpose, recorded on the pristine ECM soundscape, covering a wide spectrum of songs. Charles LLoyd turns 75 this year and this recording with duo partner Jason Moran's protean pianism shows Mr Lloyd is playing at a peak of invention, facility, and exploration. Jazz is the swinging 'sound of surprise' and this is a great example, full of beauty. Four and a half SUPERB Stars! (14 tracks, reviewed in MP3 format.)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Superb!! March 18, 2013
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If you like to listen in on a conversation between two friends who love and respect each other that like to share interesting ideas, then pick up this absolutely superb musical dialog between two artists at the top of their game. This is one of the best duo recordings I have heard recently. Charles LLoyd has always been one of my favorite musicians since way back when Keith Jarrett and Jack Dejohnette were a part of his group in the 60's. Here, coupled with the intricate sounds resonating from Jason Moran's Piano, this is lively Jazz with a deep introspective quality. After two listens, I felt like I was a part of the conversation. Moran is a perfect partner to create musical conversations with LLoyd. He knows when to dig in to set the pace and when to lay back to let Charles take it to the stratosphere. I love the intimate rapport these two have developed over the last five years. After revisiting LLoyd's last three recordings with Moran, this recording is a logical step for them to take together. It has been a while since I have heard LLoyd on Flute and he rocks on that instrument as well. This is first-rate music magic and I highly recommend "Hagar's Song" be added to your collection. Enjoy!

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars devastating homage has a lingering sadness May 3, 2013
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"Hagar Suite" is a devastating homage to his great-great-grandmother and has a lingering sadness. Hagar, Lloyd's great-great-grandmother, was taken from her family in lower Mississippi at the age of 10 up to Bolivar. He talks he learned the story only one or two years ago. A five-part work exhibits different colours, sorrow, anger, mourning, resilience and ultimate redemption, it settles down to African-American spirituals, native American folk and Eastern mysticism.

Lloyd's originals, "Hagar Suite" and "pictogram," are placed sandwiched between eight smartly reworked jazz standards and pop classics, which he carried with since childhood. Lloyd has an unerring ability to get to the emotional heart of a song. His Zen-like approach, spiritually driven sound, slippery arpeggios and sudden thickening tones never away from the melodies. Jason Moran rhythmically supports Lloyd with insatiable quest for the music of all eras and genres. "Bess, You is My Women Now" and "I Shall Be Released" are performances worthy of special mention.

It seems Lloyd already attained a state of subdued refinement. He, however, denies to have gotten to the place in the May issue of Downbeat magazine. He says he's striving to make that sound which would allow him to go into the forest and put on a loin cloth and put it down. He thinks the important thing is to get up and keep moving forward even if you fail many times in life. Although I don't have any doubt of this CD being one of Lloyd's recent success, I have high expectation of his next work.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The very best
Lloyd and Moran: what can I say about the best? There's nothing about this album to disappoint
or criticize at all.
Published 6 months ago by Robert Kimball
4.0 out of 5 stars Years beyond Forest Flower
Charles Llyod has honed his craft from those early days. He has evolved to letting the silence between the notes be active participants. Moran is an able complement to Lloyd. Read more
Published 6 months ago by DaveT
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
To begin with, I have been a Charles Lloyd since his emergence in the 1960s. I count many of his albums among my all time favorites although I regard hs discography as very... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Joseph M. Fodera
4.0 out of 5 stars Charles Lloyd and his work: gratifying.
I have followed Lloyd's documentation of his work for decades. I admire the man. He plays tenor better than I ever will. I keep listening to this and I'm not done with it yet. Read more
Published 10 months ago by J. A. Schwager
3.0 out of 5 stars Trying too hard yes
An effort with little focus and/or direction Charles has been more creative in his past efforts. Not all jazz is great jazz. FLK
Published 12 months ago by Fritz
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Jason Moran and Charles Lloyd!
Music does not get any better than this. Just received this a few days ago and haven't stopped playing it. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Joseph N. Sirois
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Mr. Lloyd and Mr. Moran make beautiful music. I enjoyed the entire album--exactly as the review said--excellent! Great music to relax to.
Published 15 months ago by Jami L. Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful jazz music
I have enjoyed to listen to this album. Charles Lloyd and Jason Moran excelled on it. They formed a great combination that is worth to listen to.
Published 16 months ago by F. Paiva
5.0 out of 5 stars Music for music lovers.
Not only is Charles Lloyd a great musician who plays great music, he is one of this world's greatest human beings, keep up the good work charles!
Published 16 months ago by Gilbert Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Duo
If you've been a Charles Lloyd fan for as long as I've been (since '68), you'll dig this sweet meeting of two great musical minds, one the older but always youthfully searching,... Read more
Published 17 months ago by the monrovian bear
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