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Charles Lloyd
Hyperion with Higgins

Charles Lloyd tenor saxophone, taragato, maracas
Brad Mehldau piano
John Abercrombie guitar
Larry Grenadier double-bass
Billy Higgins drums
 
Dancing Waters, Big Sur To Bahia (For Gilberto and Caetano)
Bharati
Secret Life Of The Forbidden City
Miss Jessye
Hyperion With Higgins
Darkness On The Delta Suite
Dervish On The Glory B
The Caravan Moves On

Recorded December 1999
ECM 1784
 
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Volume Two of the sessions that produced the immensely popular "The Water Is Wide", dedicated to Charles Lloyd's lifelong friend, the drummer Billy Higgins, who died in May 2001. It is a joyous tribute. Where the previous album offered a programme of ballads the pace intensifies on "Hyperion with Higgins". Lloyd: "The idea is like with the old Southern preacher. You go low and you get high and then you catch fire". This second installement picks up the tempo. The jazz of "Hyperion" is hotter. Lloyd's tenor sax is fierier, John Abercrombie has much more solos space to fulfill as only he can, and Brad Mehldau's solos are also more outgoing.