The debut album of a band founded by esteemed saxophonist and composer Charles Lloyd, featuring Bill Frisell (guitar), Greg Leisz (pedal steel), Reuben Rogers (bass) and Eric Harland (drums).
This recording is an updated model of a protest rally. A plea for an end to war through the beauty of sound and the strength of the message. The sequencing and pace of the 10 songs on the album is stunning – from the pounding insistence of Dylan’sMaster’s of War, to a mournful Shenandoah, to the Lloyd classics Of Course, Of Course & Sombrero Sam – and then wow! Willie Nelson’s poignantly deep rendering of Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream and Norah Jones giving us Billy Preston’s You Are So Beautiful, as if she were another soulful instrument in the band. I remember reading a Lloyd quote a while back, saying that when he was a young man he wanted to change the ugliness of the world through beauty. He is now one of our most eloquent Elder Statesmen, and the beauty in this recording should have the power to transform a few people, if not the world.