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The incredible Charles Lloyd, 82, has in Tone Poem his third work with The Marvels, a piano-less ensemble composed of Bill Frisell on guitar, Greg Leisz on pedal steel guitar, Rueben Rogers on bass and Eric Harland on drums. On this recording, the sound and approach of the saxophonist are fully intact and in perfect balance with the bluesy and folk intonations of the band that supports him. The program consists of a mouth-watering selection of originals and covers, which pivoting between contemplation and ecstasy, achieve wonderful results.

Like the band’s previous work, Tone Poem fuses several genres that include jazz, rock, country, and more. “You must have your elixir, and the elixir is in sound and tone,” Lloyd said of the band’s sound. Released as part of Blue Note’s acclaimed Tone Poet Vinyl Series, the nine dynamic tracks here include new Lloyd originals along with pieces by Ornette Coleman, Thelonious Monk, Leonard Cohen, Gabor Szabo, and Bola de Nieve.