Hagar's Song

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Hagar's Song
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Studio album by Charles Lloyd and Jason Moran
Released February 26, 2013
Recorded April 2012
Santa Barbara Sound Design
Genre Jazz
Length68:58
Label ECM
ECM 2311
Producer Charles Lloyd and Dorothy Darr
Charles Lloyd chronology
Athens Concert
(2011)
Hagar's Song
(2013)
Wild Man Dance
(2015)

Hagar's Song is an album by saxophonist Charles Lloyd and pianist Jason Moran recorded in 2012 and released on the ECM label. [1]

Charles Lloyd (jazz musician) American jazz musician

Charles Lloyd is an American jazz musician. Though he primarily plays tenor saxophone and flute, he has occasionally recorded on other reed instruments, including alto saxophone and the Hungarian tárogató. Lloyd's band since 2007 includes pianist Jason Moran, bassist Reuben Rogers, and drummer Eric Harland.

Jason Moran (musician) American jazz pianist, composer, educator

Jason Moran is an American jazz pianist, composer and educator, heavily involved in multimedia art and theatrical installations.

ECM Records German independent record label

ECM is an independent record label founded by Karl Egger, Manfred Eicher and Manfred Scheffner in Munich in 1969. While ECM is best known for jazz music, the label has released a variety of recordings, and ECM's artists often refuse to acknowledge boundaries between genres. ECM's motto is "the Most Beautiful Sound Next to Silence", according to a 1971 review of ECM releases in Coda, a Canadian jazz magazine.

Contents

Reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic 79/100 [2]
Review scores
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Response was positive, with Metacritic assigning the album an aggregate score of 79 out of 100 based on 6 critical reviews indicating "Generally favorable reviews". [2] The Allmusic review by Thom Jurek awarded the album 4 stars stating "Hagar's Song finds Lloyd and Moran at their most naturally curious and deeply attentive best, offering a conversation so intimate the listener may occasionally feel she is eavesdropping". [3]

Metacritic is a website that aggregates reviews of media products: films, TV shows, music albums, video games, and formerly, books. For each product, the scores from each review are averaged. Metacritic was created by Jason Dietz, Marc Doyle, and Julie Doyle Roberts in 1999. The site provides an excerpt from each review and hyperlinks to its source. A color of green, yellow or red summarizes the critics' recommendations. It has been described as the video game industry's "premier" review aggregator.

All About Jazz reviewer John Kelman said, "In a set that runs the gamut from well-known standards by George Gershwin, Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington to relatively more contemporary fare from Bob Dylan and Brian Wilson, Lloyd and Moran demonstrate the kind of empathy and trust that only comes from considerably time spent together ... There's little that's predictable about either player, but with Hagar's Song—imbued, as it is, with constants of surprise, simpatico and stellar performances—both Lloyd and Moran have made the leap to a new plateau". [4]

<i>All About Jazz</i> comprehensive American website for jazz enthusiasts and professionals, based in Philadelphia

All About Jazz is a website established by Michael Ricci in 1995. A volunteer staff publishes news, album reviews, articles, videos, and listings of concerts and other events having to do with jazz. Ricci maintains a related site, Jazz Near You, about local concerts and events.

In The Guardian, John Fordham wrote "Saxophonist Charles Lloyd, soon to be 75, here gives an intimate closeup of his warm relationship with brilliant pianist Jason Moran – and with his enslaved great-great-grandmother, who names the album through Lloyd's suite in her memory". [5]

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The PopMatters review by Will Layman observed "Hagar’s Song is nothing more and nothing less than a set of duets with Moran. And in many respects it is the most intimate -- and best -- work of Lloyd’s career ... Hagar’s Song is low on flash. And it rests with love against your ear". [6]

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Track listing

All compositions by Charles Lloyd except as indicated

  1. "Pretty Girl" (Billy Strayhorn) - 4:51
  2. "Mood Indigo" (Duke Ellington) - 5:17
  3. "Bess, You Is My Woman Now" (George Gershwin) - 3:39
  4. "All About Ronnie" (Joe Greene) - 4:20
  5. "Pictogram" - 3:59
  6. "You've Changed" (Carl Fischer) - 4:51
  7. "Hagar Suite: Journey Up River" - 6:20
  8. "Hagar Suite: Dreams of White Bluff" - 9:46
  9. "Hagar Suite: Alone" - 2:30
  10. "Hagar Suite: Bolivar Blues" - 4:18
  11. "Hagar Suite: Hagar's Lullaby" - 5:44
  12. "Rosetta" (Earl Hines) - 4:41
  13. "I Shall Be Released" (Bob Dylan) - 5:11
  14. "God Only Knows" (Brian Wilson) - 3:31

Personnel

Tenor saxophone type of saxophone

The tenor saxophone is a medium-sized member of the saxophone family, a group of instruments invented by Adolphe Sax in the 1840s. The tenor and the alto are the two most commonly used saxophones. The tenor is pitched in the key of B (while the Alto is pitched in the key of E), and written as a transposing instrument in the treble clef, sounding an octave and a major second lower than the written pitch. Modern tenor saxophones which have a high F key have a range from A2 to E5 (concert) and are therefore pitched one octave below the soprano saxophone. People who play the tenor saxophone are known as "tenor saxophonists", "tenor sax players", or "saxophonists".

Alto saxophone type of saxophone

The alto saxophone, also referred to as the alto sax, is a member of the saxophone family of woodwind instruments invented by Belgian instrument designer Adolphe Sax in the 1840s, and patented in 1846. It is pitched in E, and is smaller than the tenor, but larger than the soprano. The alto sax is the most common saxophone and is commonly used in concert bands, chamber music, solo repertoire, military bands, marching bands, and jazz. The fingerings of the different saxophones are all the same so a saxophone player can play any type of saxophone.

The bass flute is the tenor member of the flute family. It is in the key of C, pitched one octave below the concert flute. Because of the length of its tube, it is usually made with a J-shaped head joint, which brings the embouchure hole within reach of the player. It is usually only used in flute choirs, as it is easily drowned out by other instruments of comparable register, such as the clarinet.

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References

  1. ECM discography accessed December 3, 2013
  2. 1 2 "Hagar's Song by Jason Moran - Reviews". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 2018-06-11.
  3. 1 2 Jurek, T. Allmusic Review accessed December 3, 2013
  4. 1 2 Kelman, John. "Jason Moran: All Rise: A Joyful Elegy for Fats Waller". Musical reviews. All About Jazz . Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  5. 1 2 Fordham, J. The Guardian Review accessed June 11, 2018
  6. 1 2 Layman, W. PopMatters Review accessed June 11, 2018