CD Review: Charles Lloyd and Jason Moran — “Hagar’s Song”

Hagar’s Song (ECM Records) By Brian Arsenault For his 75th birthday, Charles Lloyd has released a most beautiful album, Hagar’s Song, with pianist Jason Moran. Stated simply, if you listen to many albums over many months you will not find beauty of this recording’s equal. Perhaps Lloyd has reached a point in his lengthy and… Read More CD Review: Charles Lloyd and Jason Moran — “Hagar’s Song”

Short Takes: Of Wind and Rain, Plaintive Guitars and Joyful Jazz

By Brian Arsenault Cathie Ryan Through Wind and Rain (Mo Leanbh Records) I wasn’t too sure what I thought of Cathie Ryan’s Through Wind and Rain through the first couple of songs, which seemed sort of frivolous, even cutesy. But, ah, when she sings the darkly beautiful “Mo Nion O” three songs in, then I… Read More Short Takes: Of Wind and Rain, Plaintive Guitars and Joyful Jazz