Title: Hagar's Song, Jason Moran
Release date: 2013
Hagars Song, the newest release from longtime ECM luminary Charles Lloyd, is an interactive duo recording with Jason Moran, the pianist who has been a key member of Lloyds latter-day quartet, contributing to the albums Rabo de Nube (2008), Mirror (2010) and Athens Concert (2012). Hagars Song, a collection of intimacy and homage, features pieces especially dear to Lloyd, ranging from compositions by Billy Strayhorn (Pretty Girl a/k/a Star-Crossed Lovers), Duke Ellington (Mood Indigo) and George Gershwin (Bess, You Is My Woman Now) to a standard strongly associated with Billie Holiday (You ve Changed), Brian Wilsons most famous Beach Boys ballad (God Only Knows) and a Bob Dylan song definitively interpreted by the Band (I Shall Be Released). The centerpiece of the album is the title suite composed by Lloyd and dedicated to his great-great-grandmother, who was taken from her home in south Mississippi at age 10 and sold to a slave-owner in Tennessee.
Charles Lloyd: tenor and alto saxophones, bass and alto flutes
Jason Moran: piano, tambourine.
1. Pretty Girl
2. Mood Indigo
3. Bess, You Is My Woman Now
4. All About Ronnie
6. You've Changed
7. Journey Up River
8. Dreams Of White Bluff
13.I Shall Be Released
14.God Only Knows
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