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: 8 months.

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.”

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Rick Margitza walks with the spirits in all tendresse as Sacred Hearts caress

Out on Le Coq this coming Friday ringing out strong and true Sacred Hearts is a significant heart-on-your-sleeve tenor saxophone exploration as serious as your life. Margitza actually plays the sentiment down but it seeps out and enters your …

Published: 30 Jan 2021. Updated: 8 months.

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Out on Le Coq this coming Friday ringing out strong and true Sacred Hearts is a significant heart-on-your-sleeve tenor saxophone exploration as serious as your life.

Margitza actually plays the sentiment down but it seeps out and enters your consciousness regardless.

Familiar mainly for his brief but life changing tenure with Miles Davis it is many years since Margitza has had a record out under his own steam. In the late-1980s and into the 90s his profile peaked and he was on Blue Note back then and put out several records. Tracking back to that period the beautiful 'Widow's Walk' full of timbral resource and complex compositional imagination is a must, for instance. That balladic touch Margitza brought to his records of the period is still upfront and on his new work makes him stand out once again from the crowd.

Rick Margitza Album Cover

A welcome sound to wait up for from a resurgent player who sets his own spirit free and lets us see. Tracks on the upcoming album dive deep into emotional response and the honesty of doing this is part of what becoming a great artist is about in whatever domain. Part of the Paris jazz scene nowadays the American says: “My heritage is Eastern European gypsy. Our funerals are a lot like New Orleans funerals: the older men get together and play sad music, but once the person is buried we party and celebrate them. I didn’t set out to explore that kind of dichotomy on this record, but I think there’s inevitably a sense of celebration intertwined with the sadness.” SG