Charles Lloyd, Zakir Hussain, Julian Lage – Trios: Sacred Thread (2022) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

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Charles Lloyd, Zakir Hussain, Julian Lage – Trios: Sacred Thread (2022)
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Charles Lloyd has long been a free spirit, master musician, and visionary. For more than 6 decades the legendary saxophonist and composer has loomed large over the music world, and at 84 years old he remains at the height of his powers and as prolific as ever. As a sound seeker, Lloyd’s restless creativity has perhaps found no greater manifestation than on his latest masterwork Trio of Trios, an expansive project that encompasses three albums, each a deft change of musical context that presents him in a different trio setting.

The third album in the series Trios: Sacred Thread features guitarist Julian Lage and percussionist Zakir Hussain, and was recorded in September 2020 at The Paul Mahder Gallery in Healdsburg, California as a livestream concert for a virtual audience. Past experiences often illuminate the present in Lloyd’ music, for example, the provenance of The Sacred Thread — and the encounters that helped inform it — originated in the late fifties: “When I was studying at the University of Southern California, Ravi Shankar and Alla Rakha used to come around. That’s when I heard the call of Mother India,” he recalls. “Zakir and I played together in concert for the first time in 2001, and it was then I learned Alla Rakha was his father, so it has been like that… connections on a journey. You could call it Providence, I call it a Sacred Thread.”

“I first heard young Julian when he was 12,” Lloyd continues. “He grew up not far from Healdsburg and was known to be a wunderkind — he had big ears and I heard his potential. Twenty years later I invited him to join me – he’s still a young man and his ears have only grown bigger. So — I keep being blessed by souls who find a way to me, it still inspires me to go out on the high wire and try to fly.”Spirituality has always been at the center of Charles Lloyd’s music. The other constant in the octogenarian saxophonist’s work is his ability to stretch. Over his career, he’s played blues and rock, had funky moments, and, of course, ranged across much of the jazz spectrum. He’s added his horn to recordings and live performances by Cannonball Adderley, Joe Sample, The Beach Boys and The Doors. In 1973, after being influenced by the zeitgeist of Indian musicians Ravi Shankar and Alla Rakha, Lloyd recorded Geeta, an album that mixed his brand of improvisational free jazz with traditional Indian music. Forty-nine years later, with the last of a trilogy of trio albums from 2022 that includes Trios: Chapel (with guitarist Bill Frisell and bassist Thomas Morgan) and Trios: Ocean (with guitarist Anthony Wilson and pianist Gerald Clayton) Lloyd has rekindled his interest in Indian influences with guitarist Julian Lage and percussionist Zakir Hussain (Rakha’s son). This session, a recording of a live-streamed concert performed without an audience in September, 2020, in Healdsburg, California, was captured in clear, natural sound by Adam Camardella, under the overall supervision of Joe Harley. The resonances of Hussain’s tabla are particularly impressive. The opening number, the Lloyd original “Desolation Sound” from his 2010 album Mirror, is kind of a shakedown cruise where the players contribute as they search for a working symbiosis. Hussain sings on “Guman,” the only voice present on any of the trio albums. His high, at times pitch-challenged vocals do add a haunting flavor to the south Asian mélange surrounding this meditative session. Playing more alto flute than tenor sax, Lloyd also adds the tárogató—a woodwind instrument with a melancholy sound—to several tunes including extended solos on “Saraswati.” He also opens Hussain’s ballad “Kuti” with beautiful long flute lines before he joins Lage, both proving to be sensitive accompanists and then partners in a track where the connections and conversation between the trio click best. The steady tabla rhythms and the inventive guitar solo here also show Hussain and Lage at their playful, upbeat best. A fitting conclusion to this quiet, reflective exploration is the Lloyd-penned “The Blessing” where Lage and Lloyd sift while Hussain adds intermittent shaker to this solemn coda. A bonafide wonder whose incredible career happily continues, Lloyd’s perspective may be his superpower: “I keep being blessed by souls who find a way to me, it still inspires me to go out on the high wire and try to fly.” – Robert Baird


1-01. Charles Lloyd – Desolation Sound (03:19)
1-02. Charles Lloyd – Guman (04:13)
1-03. Charles Lloyd – Nachekita’s Lament (09:23)
1-04. Charles Lloyd – Saraswati (01:54)
1-05. Charles Lloyd – Kuti (07:51)
1-06. Charles Lloyd – Tales of Rumi (08:48)
1-07. Charles Lloyd – The Blessing (03:25)


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