CD Hyperion with Higgins (CD 290762), Audio Other
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Hyperion with Higgins


  • 1. Dancing Waters, Big Sur to Bahia
    2. Bharati
    3. Secret Life of the Forbidden City
    4. Miss Jessye
    5. Hyperion With Higgins
    6. Darkness on the Delta Suite: Mother Where Art Thou/Robert Johnson ...: Mother Where Art Thou / Robert Johnson On The Banks Of The Ganges / Perseverance / Till The River Runs Free / Peace In The Storm
    7. Dervish on the Glory B
    8. Caravan Moves On, The
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 014000

  • Credits
    ProducerDorothy Darr; Charles Lloyd
    EngineerJoe Harley; Michael C. Ross

    Personnel includes: Charles Lloyd (tenor saxophone, taragato, maracas); Brad Mehldau (piano); John Abercrombie (guitar); Larry Grenadier (acoustic bass); Billy Higgins (drums, percussion).
    Recorded at Cello Studios, Los Angles, California on December 1999.
    Personnel: Charles Lloyd (tenor saxophone, maracas); John Abercrombie (guitar); Brad Mehldau (piano); Larry Grenadier (double bass); Billy Higgins (drums, percussion).
    Recording information: Cello Studios, Los Angeles, CA (12/1999).
    Photographer: Dorothy Darr.
    The December 1999 sessions that produced The Water Is Wide yielded enough material for a second album. Hyperion With Higgins is the result, and its title reflects the sad fact that Billy Higgins, Lloyd's friend and soul mate and the session's drummer, passed away not long after the music was put to tape. The music's spiritual quality is heightened by the after-the-fact dedication. Quite unlike The Water Is Wide, Hyperion With Higgins is comprised entirely of Lloyd's original compositions, although the same lineup is featured: Lloyd, Higgins, John Abercrombie, Brad Mehldau, and Larry Grenadier. After a couple of fairly straightforward jazz pieces ("Dancing Waters, Big Sur to Bahia" and "Bharati"), the quintet delves into two longer works: "Secret Life of the Forbidden City" and the Coltrane-esque "Miss Jessye." They then romp through the title track, a spirited mid-tempo blues, before tackling the album's centerpiece: the five-part "Darkness on the Delta Suite," an ambitious, free-leaning melange of Eastern and rural blues connotations (with a brilliant solo interlude by Abercrombie). The last two pieces -- "Dervish on the Glory B" and "The Caravan Moves On" -- depart almost completely from jazz vernacular. The former recalls the upbeat, folk-like drone of the sunset portion of "Forest Flower," while the latter, featuring Lloyd on taragato, evokes not only the Middle Eastern desert, but also the inexorable march of time. Thus does a fitting homage to the departed Higgins conclude this exceptionally focused, all-original statement from Charles Lloyd. ~ David R. Adler

  • Critic Reviews
    CMJ (9/3/01, p.39) - "...the music ebbs and flows with a panoramic sweep..."
    Down Beat (10/01, pp.64,66) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...Alluding to gospel music and Trane, [this] a generally up affair....Higgins is strong throughout..."
    JazzTimes (10/01, p.96) - "...A spiritual vibe and some very spirited interplay permeate this inspired collaboration..."
    Mojo (Publisher) (11/01, p.106) - "...The sweetest time feel and a keen understanding of Lloyd's dramatic requirements, it's a fitting tribute..."
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