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Joe Lovano, Marilyn Crispell, Carmen Castaldi. Garden of Expression

Solemnity comes in many forms. It is a feeling that steps out of time. It applies the brakes. And so does Garden of Expression. The boisterous Joe Lovano is not the player who shows up here. Neither is it the totally free Marilyn Crispell. Perhaps …

Published: 31 Jan 2021. Updated: 2 months.

Solemnity comes in many forms. It is a feeling that steps out of time. It applies the brakes. And so does Garden of Expression. The boisterous Joe Lovano is not the player who shows up here. Neither is it the totally free Marilyn Crispell. Perhaps the shamanic quality of the record, certainly strongly felt, emanates most from the colouristic work of percussionist Carmen Castaldi and yet that feeling continuously circulates. A much better record and going deeper than Trio Tapestry and also very different to Lovano's moving collaboration with Marcin Wasilewski released last year the trio do contemplative poise more than well. Overall a very aesthetic mood piece where less is more but not a clinical minimalist excursion at all. Instead there is a complete communion all of their own highly mystical invention. On ECM

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Ramblin' from Tone Poem: new in March from Charles Lloyd and the Marvels

Charles Lloyd and the Marvels' Tone Poem to be released on 12 March is introduced by the master tumbling loose leaping and loping on Ornette Coleman classic 'Ramblin'. No singers this time, and once again to be released by Blue Note, with Charles …

Published: 30 Jan 2021. Updated: 2 months.

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Charles Lloyd and the Marvels' Tone Poem to be released on 12 March is introduced by the master tumbling loose leaping and loping on Ornette Coleman classic 'Ramblin'.

No singers this time, and once again to be released by Blue Note, with Charles the Marvels, Bill Frisell on guitar, Greg Leisz on pedal steel guitar, Reuben Rogers on bass, and Eric Harland on drums, focus in on besides Ornette taking time to turn to Monk, Leonard Cohen, Gábor Szabó, and Bola de Nieve pieces. The album also features three of the Memphisian sax guru's original compositions including the title track.

The Gábor Szabó piece that the Forest Flower legend and the Marvels play is 'Lady Gabor'. Think and zone in first to the back catalogue and Chico Hamilton with Lloyd (back in the 1963 release on this track playing flute), Szabó, George Bohanon and Albert Stinson passin' thru to fully Lady up. Charles says quoted by his label: “Some of the notes and cries you hear now on my instrument, I didn’t have as a young man. They articulate something. Then, I have these ensembles serving a higher goal. Sensitives are abundant on the planet; they just aren’t given credit for it. To be drunk while also being non-toxic and non-harmful to the world is a contribution worth making, a song worth singing.”