Lloyd, Charles / Chapel
Album: Chapel   Collection:Jazz
Artist:Lloyd, Charles   Added:Jan 2024
Label:Blue Note Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2024-01-21 Pull Date: 2024-03-24 Charts: Jazz
Week Ending: Mar 24 Mar 10 Feb 25 Feb 11 Feb 4
Airplays: 1 1 1 2 1

Recent Airplay
1. May 04, 2024: Music Casserole
Ay Amor
4. Mar 23, 2024: Music Casserole
Dorotea's Studio
2. Apr 13, 2024: Music Casserole
Ay Amor
5. Mar 04, 2024: Virtually Happy
Ay Amor
3. Mar 30, 2024: Hopelessly Romantic
Song My Lady Sings
6. Feb 24, 2024: Music Casserole
Dorotea's Studio

Album Review
Be Sharp
Reviewed 2024-01-10

The enormously prolific (age 85) Lloyd (on tenor sax, sometimes flute) is joined this time by guitarist Bill Frisell (also a longtime member of Lloyd’s group, The Marvels) and Thomas Morgan on bass. These pieces were recorded ‘live’ in a chapel, thus the title.

All instrumental. FCC clean

1 very slow, somber & elegiac. Billy Strayhorn wrote this for Duke Ellington & Johnny Hodges while dying of cancer. Lloyd & Frisell trade the lead backed by subtle bass. I find it a bit aimless. (7:24)
2 * slow. a lovely romantic piece led by guitar, then bass, then sax. pleasant listening (9:00)
3 ** slow. a slightly dissonant intro turns into a truly beautiful & graceful ballad. Long alternating solos by Frisell and Lloyd are exceptional. Midway there’s an interesting shift of tempo & rhythm into something vaguely Latin. The fade out is just gorgeous. (7:20)
4 slow. a breathy flute leads the first & last thirds with a guitar section in the middle (9:49)
5 ** slow then mid-tempo. Frisell begins with some nice solo improv. When the sax & bass join in, things shift up in tempo & take on a Caribbean bounce. A guitar & bass duet passage is delightful. It keeps getting better & better. (12:20)

Track Listing
1. Blood Count   3. Ay Amor
2. Song My Lady Sings   4. Beyond Darkness
  5. Dorotea's Studio