Vanished Gardens

Charles Lloyd & The Marvels with Lucinda Williams

SKU: 6758849

Barcode: 602567588498

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  • Genre: Jazz
  • Label: Blue Note
  • Released Date: 29th June 2018
  • Buying Format:
    2LP
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At 80 years old, NEA Jazz Master Charles Lloyd remains an intrepid musical pioneer, entering his ninth decade at a creative peak in what now stands as a mountainous and formidable career. With his newest band The Marvels — a guitar-driven group featuring Bill Frisell, Greg Leisz, Reuben Rogers, and Eric Harland — Lloyd released the 2016 album I Long To See You which NPR called “music that evokes an uncommon state of grace.” Vanished Gardens was produced by Lloyd, Dorothy Darr, and Don Was.

“A friend had turned me on to Lucinda when Car Wheels On a Gravel Road came out,” Lloyd recalls. “Lu has worked a lot with Bill Frisell and Greg Leisz, so a couple of years ago she came to one of my Marvels concerts at the Lobero Theater in Santa Barbara. It was our first meeting and I sensed a deep Southern crossroads connection. Not long after that meeting she invited me to guest at her UCLA concert and then I invited her to guest at one of my concerts about a year later… It was clear we had something we wanted to explore together.”

Williams is featured on five of the ten tracks on Vanished Gardens, including expansive new versions of her well-known songs “Dust,” “Ventura” and “Unsuffer Me,” as well as a full-hearted interpretation of Jimi Hendrix’s “Angel” that closes the album. Alternating with the vocal tracks are five sublime instrumental offerings including three new Lloyd originals and versions of Thelonious Monk’s “Monk’s Mood” and the Roberta Flack popularized song “Ballad of The Sad Young Men.”

“I’ve worked with a lot of poets,” Lloyd says, “especially during my Big Sur days; Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Charles Bukowski, Gary Snyder, Diane diPrima, Schyleen Qualls, Michael McClure, Bob Kaufman, James Dalessandro… putting words and music together. Lu is a poet. An authentic, American voice. Her sound is like an emotional barometer. A weather vane. Sometimes it swirls around in the tempest of a storm and sometimes it is sweet and pure as a Southern breeze carrying the intoxicating perfume of magnolia to you. As a poet, her imagery knocks me out. She is a reporter of the human condition, of life on planet Earth.”

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Track Listings

1. Defiant (Charles Lloyd)
2. Dust featuring Lucinda Williams (Lucinda Williams)
3. Vanished Gardens (Charles Lloyd)
4. Ventura featuring Lucinda Williams (Lucinda Williams)
5. Ballad of The Sad Young Men (Tommy Wolf/Fran Landesman)
6. We’ve Come Too Far To Turn Around featuring Lucinda Williams (Lucinda Williams)
7. Blues for Langston and LaRue (Charles Lloyd)
8. Unsuffer Me featuring Lucinda Williams (Lucinda Williams)
9. Monk’s Mood (Thelonious Monk)
10. Angel featuring Lucinda Williams (Jimi Hendrix)

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