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Tracklist:

  1. Georgia
  2. The Water Is Wide
  3. Black Butterfly
  4. Ballade and Allegro
  5. Figure in Blue
  6. Lotus Blossom
  7. The Monk and the Mermaid
  8. Song of Her
  9. Lady Day
  10. Heaven
  11. There Is a Balm in Gilead

Charles Lloyd – tenor saxophone
John Abercrombie:– guitar
Brad Mehldau – piano
Larry Grenadier – double-bass
Billy Higgins – drums

‘The Water is Wide’ is the first of two Charles Lloyd albums culled from an exceptionally productive session in Los Angeles. By turns tender, joyful, reflective, it brings together authoritative players who span the generations; each is a unique musician and distinctive stylist, yet all share a reverence for the depth of the jazz tradition. After the highly successful ‘Voice In The Night’ album, the most-widely praised of all his ECM recordings, the great saxophonist from Memphis, Tennessee, follows up with an imaginatively programmed album that takes his music to the next level. Like ‘Voice In The Night’, ‘The Water Is Wide’ is again an all-American jazz album in the classic mode, but it brings together old masters and young lions. Three quarters of the ‘Voice’ band (Lloyd, Abercrombie. Higgins) meets two-thirds of the skyrocketing Brad Mehldau trio (Mehldau, Grenadier). What emerges is timeless music imbued with youthful zest.

Release Date: August 28, 2000

ECM Records