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The Water Is Wide

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01
Georgia
Artist: Charles Lloyd, Brad Mehldau, John Abercrombie, Larry Grenadier, Billy Higgins
6:38  
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The Water Is Wide
Artist: Charles Lloyd, Brad Mehldau, John Abercrombie, Larry Grenadier, Billy Higgins
5:02  
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Black Butterfly
Artist: Charles Lloyd, Brad Mehldau, John Abercrombie, Larry Grenadier, Billy Higgins
4:36  
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Ballade And Allegro
Artist: Charles Lloyd, Brad Mehldau, John Abercrombie, Larry Grenadier, Billy Higgins
3:45  
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Figure In Blue
Artist: Charles Lloyd, Brad Mehldau, John Abercrombie, Larry Grenadier, Billy Higgins
5:13  
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Lotus Blossom
Artist: Charles Lloyd, Brad Mehldau, John Abercrombie, Larry Grenadier, Billy Higgins
5:39  
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The Monk And The Mermaid
Artist: Charles Lloyd, Brad Mehldau, John Abercrombie, Larry Grenadier, Billy Higgins
8:35  
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Song Of Her
Artist: Charles Lloyd, Brad Mehldau, John Abercrombie, Larry Grenadier, Billy Higgins
7:37  
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Lady Day
Artist: Charles Lloyd, Brad Mehldau, John Abercrombie, Larry Grenadier, Billy Higgins
7:29  
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Heaven
Artist: Charles Lloyd, Brad Mehldau, John Abercrombie, Larry Grenadier, Billy Higgins
4:15  
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There Is A Balm In Gilead
Artist: Charles Lloyd, Brad Mehldau, John Abercrombie, Larry Grenadier, Billy Higgins
5:13  
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Prayer
Artist: Charles Lloyd, Brad Mehldau, John Abercrombie, Larry Grenadier, Billy Higgins, Derek Oles
4:19  
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Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 68:21

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Beautiful

JazzNBluesLover

This is one beautiful album that gets better with each listen.

They Say All Music Guide

Like 1999′s Voice in the Night, The Water Is Wide features Charles Lloyd in the company of one of his dearest friends, drummer Billy Higgins, who would pass away less than a year after the album’s release. Guitarist John Abercrombie also remains on board, but Lloyd extends the group’s generational span by recruiting two younger players: pianist Brad Mehldau and bassist Larry Grenadier. The album begins with a straightforward, elegant reading of Hoagy Carmichael’s “Georgia.” Lloyd goes on to lead his ensemble through two lesser-known Ellington pieces, “Black Butterfly” and “Heaven”; Strayhorn’s “Lotus Blossom”; two original ballads, “Figure In Blue” and “Lady Day”; and Cecil McBee’s “Song of Her,” a track from Lloyd’s 1968 classic, Forest Flower. It’s a glorious amalgam of sound: the leader’s unique, glissando-laden phraseology, Mehldau’s harmonic nuances, unerring rhythmic backbone from Grenadier and the majestic Higgins — and only occasionally, pointed and eloquent guitarism from Abercrombie. The session ascends to an even higher level with the inclusion of two spirituals, “The Water Is Wide” and “There Is a Balm in Gilead.” The latter features just Lloyd and Higgins, starkly setting the melody against a hypnotic drum chant. In addition, Lloyd’s closing “Prayer,” written for Higgins during a life-threatening episode back in 1996, features just the composer, Abercrombie, and guest bassist Darek Oles. (Oddly, Oles’ credit is relegated to the fine print.) These tracks, most of all, resonate with personal meaning and profundity. – David R. Adler

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