Dec 9 2018
Artist: Charles Lloyd & The Marvels
Album: Vanished Gardens
Label: Blue Note Records
Style: Jazz Americana
Favorite Track: Vanished Gardens
Music from: Los Angeles, CA
What I like about it: Lucinda Williams adds her vocals to half of the tracks on this live performance, and I like that the band’s sound doesn’t change with her presence. They coalesce around her, like the current navigating the circumference of a small island at sea. I like that everything is melodically focused, which is implied on the instrumental tracks, and made perfectly clear on the vocal ones. I like how Bill Frisell’s guitar and Charles Lloyd’s sax just melt into one another, indistinguishable as sunbeams on a cloudless day. I like how the group generates an intensity from a casual delivery, that every passage, every phrase has that feel.
Extra notes: Hi, Bill & Lucinda, please feel free to adapt “Are You Alright?” for this or any similar project, thanks.
Your album personnel: Charles Lloyd (tenor sax, flute), Bill Frisell (guitars), Greg Leisz (pedal steel, dobro), Reuben Rogers (bass), Eric Harland (drums) and Lucinda Williams (vocals).
Available at: Amazon
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