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Rabo De Nube Live

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To celebrate his 70th birthday, (March 15th) Charles Lloyd presents his first live quartet album; a really exciting set of music recorded in Basel in 2007 featuring a revamped Quartet now with young stars Jason Moran on piano and Reuben Rogers on bass both making ECM debuts here. The latest offering is blisteringly up-tempo and sensually ballad-oriented and include also a beautiful cover of Cuban singer-songwriter Silvio Rodríguez s tune.


"Charles Lloyd's approach to performance is quite different. The more Lloyd goes inside himself the more he draws his audience in. With Jason Moran on piano, Eric Harland on drums and Reuben Rogers on bass, Lloyd once again has a group able to follow his excursions into the music and into the mystic. Lloyd is one of the greats, rather like Joan Miro in modern art, he has no peer save himself. Music of total transport and delight." -- Duncan Heining, Jazzwise July 2007

"He (Charles Lloyd) may be approaching seventy, but in many ways he's playing the most vital music of his career...If anything his playing has intensified. " (Portland Jazz Festival 2007) -- John Kelman, All About Jazz, February 26, 2007

"Luminous in its overtones, naked in its exposed humanity. Lloyd's series of breakthroughs to catharsis are like a spirit soaring into the blinding light of freedom. Charles Lloyd's musicality, generosity, and intuitive gifts as a communicator have enabled him to fill a special role in jazz; to make extremities of creative liberation accessible. And he is still at it. He plays with more strength and passion today than he did when he was 26." -- Tom Conrad, Stereophile, August 2006

It's fitting that the shimmeringly beautiful Rabo De Nube, which is being released to celebrate reed player Charles Lloyd's 70th birthday on March 15, 2008, is a live album. Lloyd became a star forty years ago with a series of paradigm-shifting live discs recorded on a seemingly never-ending tour of the USA and Europe--seven of them altogether, starting with Forest Flower (Atlantic, 1966) and ending with Soundtrack (Atlantic, 1968). Intentionally or not, Rabo De Nube, recorded in Switzerland in 2007, and seeped in the same spirit as those momentous earlier performances, goes some way towards completing the circle. Like its predecessors in the outstanding, second-wind run of discs he's recorded for ECM since 1989, Rabo De Nube finds Lloyd's aesthetic essentially unchanged. A pan-ethnic, mantra-like vibe remains centrestage in his playing, and bells and incense still hang in the air around it. The mesmerising, dervish intensity of "Ramanujan," with Lloyd on his preferred alternative to the soprano saxophone, the reedy Persian-derived tarogato, would have fit perfectly on any of the early Atlantic albums. What has changed is the emotional depth of Lloyd's music. The albums of the late 1960s were in the main sunny and bright, as befitted the optimism of those years. On ECM, Lloyd has, in addition, explored darker terrains. On Rabo De Nube, the gorgeous lyricism of "Migration Of Spirit" and "Sweet Georgia Bright," a longtime live favorite, is balanced by the edgy astringency of "Prometheus"--a refashioning of "The Crossing" from Lift Every Voice (ECM, 2002)--and the elegaic "Booker's Garden," composed in memory of Lloyd's childhood friend, the trumpeter Booker Little (1938-61). Lloyd's 1960s quartet, which also made a star of the pianist Keith Jarrett, was pure heaven. The new quartet, with Jason Moran replacing Geri Allen, pianist on the last quartet album, Jumping The Creek (ECM, 2005), gets close enough to kiss it. Moran is an inspired inclusion. His percussive, chordal comping is a perfect foil for Lloyd's supple, diaphonous lines, and his exuberant solo flights recall the youthful Jarrett of Atlantic-era stormers like "Sombrero Sam." An awesome performance from an elder statesman who has kept the faith--and shows no sign of slowing up. Long may he continue to delight and uplift us. -- All About Jazz: Chris May, March 2008

Poet Charles Simic's verse for the liners of "Rabo de Nube," Charles Lloyd's latest CD released the week of his 70th birthday, reads, "I hear someone whispering/'Without this music/ Life would be a mistake.' " In essence, this sums up Lloyd's reflective jazz, presented here live from Switzerland in tandem with pianist Jason Moran, bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Eric Harland. Lloyd's music is at once lyrical and vibrant, meditative and enthralling. His tenor sax combusts on the tumultuous "Prometheus"; his alto flute floats tenderly in his Booker Little homage, "Booker's Garden"; and his taragato (a Hungarian folk clarinet) sets "Ramanujan" into dance motion. After the band romps through "Sweet Georgia Bright," a Lloyd oldie from his 1964 recording debut, it eases into a sublime balladic rendition of the Silvio Rodriguez title track. -- Dan Ouellette, Billboard
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  • Audio CD (March 11, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: ECM
  • ASIN: B0012NON7K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,032 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Five HUGE Stars!! Featuring the legendary jazz giant Charles Lloyd on alto flute, tárogató, and his mighty tenor saxophone; an effusive Jason Moran on piano; Reuben Rogers' stalwart bass and a fiery Eric Harland on drums & percussion, this set was recorded live in 2007 in Basel Switzerland. Mr Lloyd, now 70ish, continues to ardently play with fire, swing, and a technique that's somewhat reflective of Coltrane but still Lloyd's own full-tilt recognizable musical sonorities and unique compositions. Eric Harland pushes the virtuosic Mr Lloyd to unleash his profound art, prodding the group along at a furious pace on the up-tempo numbers & moderate swingers, and effectively coloring the ballads. And Charles Lloyd's tenor sax and flute have never sounded better, wonderfully recorded here.

The 'best of the best' begin with "Prometheus" as the group alternates between 'storm and eye-of-the-storm' passages with Charles and Jason getting off some amazing solos. The multi-phased "Booker's Garden" is a flute vehicle with a hint of raegae back beat and is dedicated to a friend of Lloyd's, the late star-crossed trumpeter Booker Little, and it's a wild ride. The four-note motif "Migration of Spirit" begins earthbound before it soars skyward with Reuben Rogers out of tempo, staying out of tempo as Lloyd's mellow tenor sax enters, then patiently accelerating into a grooving tempo with LLoyd getting off a great solo and then Jason effectively funks up the proceedings with single and double handed flurries: a great performance!! "La Colline de Monk" is a beautiful tone poem with Lloyd and Moran in duo.
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I will admit, I have only recently become a fan of Charles Lloyd, but with this album I can say without a shadow of a doubt that I am a fan as devoted as any other for life. 'Rabo de Nube' is definitely the best new jazz album I have heard this year, probably this decade. there just too much to say in praise of it... Where to begin.

This is a new band. Recently Lloyd has been playing a good deal with the phenomenally talented drummer Eric Harland (see 'Sangam' and 'Jumping the creek' both fine albums in their own right, though not quite like this I might argue) and in no way does Harland disappoint. His versatility and ability to be either very subtle or powerful and overstated is there as always and his drumming adds quite a lot to the mix. Jason Moran on piano and Reuben Rogers are new members to the quartet and they could not fit in better. Moran in particularly is just spectacular. He brings an energy and force to the quartet that is right at home and some of his playing is so good its frightening. His solo on "Sweet Georgia Bright" (my favorite song on the album) is just too good to be true. He takes off from Lloyd's solo with almost fanatic energy, cools down a down bit to restate a portion of the head of the song with a variation or two then goes off on his own. The solo grows and grows until reaches almost dizzyingly fast flurries of notes until it hits a solid groove right before the end of his solo. Thirty seconds of the best feeling swing in a sort of stride piano style thats ends with a long fall, at which point the piano drops out to give the bass some room. It is a truly awesome moment. I had to stop to catch my breath, listen to it again and then catch my breath again.

Lloyd himself has never sounded better. Like a fine wine he has just gotten better.
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At age 70 Charles Lloyd has delivered the best performance of his career. However, credit for this fantastic live set belongs to all performers on this group not just Lloyd. Each performer (Jason Moran on piano, Eric Harland on drums, Rueben Rogers on bass) play with telepathic communication and flawless execution on this live set recorded in Europe in 2007. The music at times reminds one of Miles Davis' mid 60's work, Coltrane's mid 60's work, and on some tracks pay tribute to Thelonious Monk. The sound quality of the set is beyond perfect. Each musician's instrument can be heard with crystal clear accuracy. If a pin dropped on the stage, you would have heard it. While I've grown to expect outstanding performances from Lloyd, Moran, and Harland I was not familiar with bassist Rueben Rogers before listening to this set. I have to say I could not have been more impressed in my first listen of his work. Throughout the set Rogers delivers tight walking bass lines that fit perfectly and also has many brilliant solos. This will be on everyone's list of the best albums for 2008 and will top many listeners' list for top album of the year.

Songs Highlights:

Prometheus - In Greek mythology Prometheus stole fire from Zeus and gave it to man. This is an apt title for this creative and explorative song. The song reminds me a lot of Wayne Shorter and Mile Davis' work in the 60's. There is a mood of discovery on this song. The song begins with a solo statement by Lloyd with light backing by Harland on percussion. Throughout the song Harland's light pulsing drums remind one of Tony Williams.

Migration of the Spirit - One can help but think of John Coltrane, McCoy Tyner and Alice Coltrane when listing to this passionate performance.
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