CD Voice in the Night (CD 991201), Audio Other
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Voice in the Night


  • 1. Voice in the Night
    2. God Give Me Strength
    3. Dorotea's Studio
    4. Requiem
    5. Island Blues Suite
    6. Homage
    7. Forest Flower
    8. Flower Is a Lovesome Thing, A
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 559 445

  • Credits
    ProducerManfred Eicher
    EngineerJames Farber

    Personnel: Charles Lloyd (tenor saxophone); John Abercrombie (guitar); Dave Holland (bass); Billy Higgins (drums).
    Recorded at Avatar Studio, New York, New York in May 1998.
    Charles Lloyd teams with a different band here, replacing Bobo Stenson's piano with John Abercrombie's guitar, bassist Anders Jormin with Dave Holland, and drummer Billy Hart with Billy Higgins. The title references the feeling on the album in that Lloyd was going for more of a jazz sound, something more basic and lyrical as opposed to exotic and unusual. Of the eight tunes here, six are Lloyd originals, one is a cover of the Elvis Costello/Burt Bacharach hit "God Give Me Strength," and one is the Billy Strayhorn classic, "A Flower Is a Lonesome Thing," which follows a gorgeous reprise of Lloyd's own "Forest Flower" from the '60s. The Costello/Bacharach tune is the most telling for this band in that they take a standard pop melody and turn it into a modal exploration of harmony and chromatic invention. As Lloyd plays variations on the melody, the band turns one harmonic sequence into a pillar from Coltrane's version of "My Favorite Things" and back. The "Forest Flower" suite is awesome. The interplay between Lloyd and Abercrombie is fully realized as they trade flatted sevenths and then Abercrombie moves into augmented ninths and diminished sixths before both Lloyd and he solo against the harmonic body of the tune while retaining its melodic sensibility. It's just breathtaking. ~ Thom Jurek

  • Critic Reviews
    Entertainment Weekly (3/12/99, p.71) - "The tenor sax legend both stretches out and comes home in an an appealing-yet-artful package that might well broaden his fan base....Soulfully abetted by drummer Billy Higgins, bassist Dave Holland, and guitarist John Abercrombie, Lloyd triumphs." - Rating: A-
    Q (7/99, p.118) - 4 stars (out of 5) - "...An inspired hour of contemporary jazz with a luscious sheen."
    CMJ (3/29/99, p.32) - "...This top-flight quartet bristles with a silent, self-assured energy....with a more cerebral, meditative quality. It may be subdued and serene, but this album is absolutely luminescent."
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