The Water Is Wide (album)

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The Water Is Wide
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Studio album by Charles Lloyd
Released August 21, 2000
Recorded December 1999
Cello Studios, Los Angeles
Genre Jazz
Length 68:21
Label ECM
ECM 1734
Producer Manfred Eicher
Charles Lloyd chronology
Voice in the Night
The Water Is Wide
Hyperion with Higgins

The Water Is Wide is an album by jazz saxophonist Charles Lloyd recorded in December 1999 by Lloyd with Brad Mehldau, John Abercrombie, Larry Grenadier and Billy Higgins with Darek Oles guesting on one track.[1]These tracks are among the last recorded by Higgins before his death in 2001. Additional tracks recorded at these sessions were released as Hyperion with Higgins in 2001.


The Allmusic review by David R. Adler awarded the album 4 stars calling it "a glorious amalgam of sound".[2] The All About Jazz review by Glenn Astarita stated "Charles Lloyd has rarely sounded better as the musicians seemingly interrogate each other’s souls during these sixty-eight enlightening minutes. Without a doubt, The Water Is Wide should find its way into quite a few top ten lists for the year 2000. Highly recommended".[3] In another review for the same website C. Andrew Hovan stated "the chemistry is solid throughout, making Lloyd’s seventh ECM album particularly special".[4]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz 3.5/4 stars[5]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Charles Lloyd except as indicated
  1. "Georgia" (Hoagy Carmichael, Stuart Gorrell) - 6:38
  2. "The Water Is Wide" (Traditional) - 5:02
  3. "Black Butterfly" (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills) - 4:36
  4. "Ballade and Allegro" - 3:45
  5. "Figure in Blue" - 5:13
  6. "Lotus Blossom" (Billy Strayhorn) - 5:39
  7. "The Monk and the Mermaid" - 8:35
  8. "Song of Her" (Cecil McBee) - 7:37
  9. "Lady Day" - 7:29
  10. "Heaven" (Ellington) - 4:15
  11. "There Is a Balm in Gilead (Traditional) - 5:13
  12. "Prayer" - 4:19



  1. ^ ECM Records catalogue accessed January 25, 2010.
  2. ^ a b Adler, D. R. Allmusic Review accessed January 25, 2010.
  3. ^ Astarita, G. The Water Is Wide review All about Jazz, September 1, 2000
  4. ^ Hovan, C. A. The Water Is Wide review All about Jazz, September 1, 2000
  5. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 902. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.