|Studio album by Charles Lloyd|
|Released||September 14, 2010|
|Recorded|| December 2009|
Santa Barbara Sound Design
Santa Barbara, California
|Label|| ECM |
|Charles Lloyd chronology|
Mirror is an album by jazz saxophonist Charles Lloyd recorded in December 2009 and released on the ECM label.
Jazz is a music genre that originated in the African-American communities of New Orleans, United States, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and developed from roots in blues and ragtime. Jazz is seen by many as "America's classical music". Since the 1920s Jazz Age, jazz has become recognized as a major form of musical expression. It then emerged in the form of independent traditional and popular musical styles, all linked by the common bonds of African-American and European-American musical parentage with a performance orientation. Jazz is characterized by swing and blue notes, call and response vocals, polyrhythms and improvisation. Jazz has roots in West African cultural and musical expression, and in African-American music traditions including blues and ragtime, as well as European military band music. Intellectuals around the world have hailed jazz as "one of America's original art forms".
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.
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.
The Allmusic review by Thom Jurek awarded the album 4 stars and states "Ultimately, Mirror is another Lloyd triumph. It may not shake the rafters with its kinetics, but it does dazzle with the utterly symbiotic interplay between leader and sidemen".
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 A♭2 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".
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.
Jason Moran is an American jazz pianist, composer and educator, heavily involved in multimedia art and theatrical installations.
Of Course, Of Course is the second album by jazz saxophonist Charles Lloyd released on the Columbia label featuring performances by Lloyd with Gábor Szabó, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams. The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow and Thom Jurek awarded the album 4 stars and states "Whether on tenor or flute, Lloyd was quickly coming into his own as an original voice, and this underrated set is a minor classic".
Rabo de Nube is a live album by jazz saxophonist Charles Lloyd recorded in Basel in 2007 by the Charles Lloyd Quartet featuring Jason Moran, Reuben Rogers and Eric Harland.
Sangam is a live album by jazz saxophonist Charles Lloyd recorded in Santa Barbara, California in May 2004 by Lloyd with Zakir Hussain, and Eric Harland.
Jumping the Creek is an album by jazz saxophonist Charles Lloyd, recorded in January 2004 by Lloyd with Geri Allen, Robert Hurst and Eric Harland.
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. The album represents Lloyd's response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
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. 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.
Hyperion with Higgins is an album by jazz saxophonist Charles Lloyd recorded in December 1999 by Lloyd with Brad Mehldau, John Abercrombie, Larry Grenadier and Billy Higgins. The album is a dedication to Higgins who died in May 2001. Additional tracks recorded at these sessions were released as The Water Is Wide in 2000.
Voice in the Night is an album by jazz saxophonist Charles Lloyd recorded in May 1998 by Lloyd with John Abercrombie, Dave Holland and Billy Higgins.
Canto is an album by jazz saxophonist Charles Lloyd recorded in December 1996 by Lloyd with Bobo Stenson, Anders Jormin and Billy Hart.
Notes from Big Sur is an album by jazz saxophonist Charles Lloyd recorded in November 1991 by Lloyd with Bobo Stenson, Anders Jormin and Ralph Peterson.
Fish Out of Water is an album by jazz saxophonist Charles Lloyd recorded by Lloyd with Bobo Stenson, Palle Danielsson and Jon Christensen.
Which Way is East is a double CD album of duets by jazz saxophonist Charles Lloyd and percussionist Billy Higgins recorded in January 2001 and released in 2004 on the ECM label. The album contains the last recordings by Higgins before he died in May 2001.
Garden of Eden is an album by jazz drummer Paul Motian recorded in 2004 and released on the ECM label in 2005.
Time and Time Again is an album by jazz drummer Paul Motian recorded in 2006 released on the ECM label and featuring performances by Motian with Bill Frisell and Joe Lovano.
Rites is a double album by Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek recorded in 1998 and released on the ECM label.
The Spaces in Between is an album by English saxophonist John Surman recorded in 2006 and released on the ECM label.
Lost and Found is an album by guitarist Ralph Towner recorded in 1995 and released on the ECM label.
Athens Concert is a live album by jazz saxophonist Charles Lloyd and the Greek singer Maria Farantouri. Recorded in 2010 by the Charles Lloyd Quartet with Maria Farantouri and released on the ECM label.
Sankt Gerold is an album by pianist Paul Bley, bassist Barre Phillips, and saxophonist Evan Parker recorded in 1996 and released on the ECM label in 2000.
November is an album by jazz guitarist John Abercrombie with saxophonist John Surman, bassist Marc Johnson, and drummer Peter Erskine that was recorded in 1992 and released by ECM in 1993.