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This five-CD box set in ECM's Old & New Masters series, issued to mark Charles Lloyd's 75th birthday (on 15 March, 2013), looks back at the beginning of the great saxophonist's association with ECM. It includes the albums Fish Out Of Water, Notes from Big Sur, The Call, All My Relations and Canto. All five were recorded in Oslo (between 1989 and 1996) with Manfred Eicher producing and they chart a particularly rich and creative period in Lloyd's musical life.

Fish Out Of Water marked Lloyd's comeback, after long years in retreat from the jazz scene. He was partnered by Scandinavian players who had been inspired by his trailblazing music of the 1960s and who were able both to support and challenge him. A particularly strong bond was forged with pianist Bobo Stenson, heard on all of the discs here, who was to become one of the most important contributors to the inner architecture of Lloyd's group music.

As Charles said in 1995, "I don't really assume authorship. I'm very proud of my orchestra, but it's not about someone's solo. It's about those miraculous moments when the music opens up and you know you're home." The box includes liner notes by Thomas Conrad and session photography by Dorothy Darr.

The release of this box immediately follows Lloyd's much-acclaimed duo recording with pianist Jason Moran, Hagar's Song. "It is Lloyd's wonderful sound on tenor saxophone that is so captivating, since, quite simply, there is nothing like it in jazz today... He has truly matured into one of the great masters of the saxophone." - Jazzwise


  1. Name
  2. Fish Out Of Water
  3. Haghia Sophia
  4. The Dirge
  5. Bharati
  6. Eyes Of Love
  7. Mirror
  8. Tellaro
  9. Requiem
  10. Sister
  11. Pilgrimage To The Mountain (Part 1 Presevere)
  12. Sam Song
  13. Takur
  14. Monk In Paris
  15. When Miss Jessye Sings
  16. Pilgrimage To The Mountains (Part 2 Surrender)
  17. Piercing The Veil
  18. Little Peace
  19. Thelonious Theonlyus
  20. Capte To Cairo Suite (Hommage To Mandela)
  21. Evanstide, Where Lotus Bloom
  22. All My Relations
  23. Hymne To The Mother
  24. Milarepa
  25. Nocturne
  26. Song
  27. Dwija
  28. Glimpse
  29. Imke
  30. Amarma
  31. Figure In Blue, Memories Of Duke
  32. The Blessing
  33. Brother On The Rooftop
  34. Tales of Rumi
  35. How Can I Tell You
  36. Desolation Sound
  37. Canto
  38. Nachiketa's Lament
  39. M
  40. Durga Durga
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