Charles Lloyd: La Colline de Monk


La Colline de Monk


Charles Lloyd (tenor sax)


Rabo de Nube (ECM)

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Charles Lloyd (tenor sax), Jason Moran (piano),

Reuben Rogers (bass), Eric Harland (drums)


Composed by Charles Lloyd


Recorded: Basel, Switzerland, April 24, 2007


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

The percussive, angular piano solo introduction definitely relates to Monk's style, up to its traces of stride, but also makes one think of early Cecil Taylor. When Charles Lloyd enters, halfway through the song, this feeling lingers because he blows his tenor in an unusually vivacious manner and even quotes Monk's "Epistrophy," while exploring scales and sounds in an almost free way. Since this is rather unusual for the veteran tenorist, a listener might conclude that Lloyd has been nudged out of his usually meditative mood by his new young pianist, Jason Moran. If so, it wouldn't be the first time for Lloyd. Wasn't he enticed to resume his musical career a couple of decades ago when he met a young piano prodigy named Michel Petrucciani?

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum

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