Veteran saxophonist/flautist and jazz mystic Charles Lloyd and his all-star band, The Marvels, return with a new album, ‘Tone Poem’ released by Blue Note Records on March 12th.
This is Lloyd’s third album with the appositely named Marvels, a band comprised of guitar maven Bill Frisell – a legend in his own right – together with pedal steel guitar maestro Greg Leisz, bassist Reuben Rogers on bass, and drummer Eric Harland on drums. Lloyd’s supergroup debuted in 2017 and immediately impressed with their coalescence of disparate musical strands, seamlessly blending jazz with blues, Americana, country and rock and arriving at a unique, sui generis sound.
The album features both new and antique Lloyd material and also includes retoolings of songs by Leonard Cohen (‘Anthem’), Ornette Coleman (‘Ramblin”), Thelonious Monk (‘Monk’s Mood) and Gabor Szabo (‘Lady Gabor’), all beautifully rendered by The Marvels.
For the spiritually enlightened Lloyd, now 83, music is an intoxicating brew that can elevate humankind to a higher plane of consciousness. “You must have your elixir, and the elixir is in sound and tone,” he explains. “When you’re at the feet of the Universe, she will always bless and take care of us. It’s not politicians we need but sages. Many have their hand out for something, but I try to let my heart be filled so I want for nothing. I live in awe, drunk with the music.”
The new album, his sixth for Blue Note since he joined the label in 2015, is preceded by the single ‘Ramblin’,’ and is the first of the label’s new releases to be issued in the Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Series.
Charles Lloyd & The Marvels’ ‘Tone Poem’ is released by Blue Note on March 12th 2021.