Lift Every Voice (Charles Lloyd album)

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Lift Every Voice
Studio album by Charles Lloyd
Released October 21, 2002
Recorded February 2002
Genre Jazz
Length 130:46
Label ECM
ECM 1832/1833
Producer Charles Lloyd, Dorothy Darr
Charles Lloyd chronology
Hyperion with Higgins
(2001)
Lift Every Voice
(2002)
Which Way is East
(2004)

Lift Every Voice is an album by jazz saxophonist Charles Lloyd recorded in February 2002 by Lloyd with Geri Allen, John Abercrombie, Marc Johnson, Larry Grenadier, and Billy Hart.[1] The album represents Lloyd's response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Reception[edit]

The album received wide critical acclaim. The Allmusic review by Richard S. Ginell awarded the album 4½ stars and states "The result is one of the most unusual and deeply spiritual recordings in Lloyd's always-unusual career, one that says more with fewer means".[2] The All About Jazz review by Mark Corroto stated "Lloyd’s belief in humanity and reliance on the healing and redemptive qualities of music propels this compassionate recording".[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Charles Lloyd except as indicated.
Disc One:
  1. "Hymn to the Mother" - 15:00
  2. "You Are So Beautiful" (Bruce Fisher, Billy Preston) - 4:05
  3. "Amazing Grace" (John Newton) - 4:46
  4. "East Virginia, West Memphis" - 9:40
  5. "What's Going On" (Renaldo "Obie" Benson, Al Cleveland, Marvin Gaye) - 5:09
  6. "Angel Oak" - 3:35
  7. "Te Amaré" (Silvio Rodríguez) - 6:49
  8. "I'm Afraid" (Duke Ellington) - 7:41
  9. "Hafez, Shattered Heart" - 4:43
Disc Two:
  1. "Rabo de Nube" (Rodríguez) - 7:07
  2. "Blood Count" (Billy Strayhorn) - 5:08
  3. "Go Down Moses" (Traditional) - 10:39
  4. "Beyond Darkness" - 7:51
  5. "Nocturne" - 6:13
  6. Wayfaring Stranger" (Traditional) - 8:40
  7. "Deep River" (Traditional) - 6:27
  8. "Lift Every Voice and Sing" (James Weldon Johnson, John Rosamond Johnson) - 3:10
  9. "Prayer, The Crossing" - 14:03

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ECM Records catalogue accessed January 25, 2010.
  2. ^ a b Ginell, R. S. Allmusic Review accessed January 25, 2010.
  3. ^ Corroto, M. Lift Every Voice review All about Jazz, November 1, 2002