With the Labor Day Weekend just around the corner it’s great to come acquainted with some new music. In fact, recently a good friend pointed me to this fabulous recording by the legendary saxophonist Charles Lloyd. If you will, check it out this incredible ensemble and let me know what you think about it? —Rob Young | The Urban Flux
Charles Lloyd Quartet -][- Rabo de Nube – Live – [ECM, 2008]
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. —Scott Williams | Amazon.com
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