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Lloyd, Charles/Billy Higgins / Which Way Is East
Album:Which Way Is East Collection:Jazz
Artist:Lloyd, Charles/Billy Higgins Added:04/2004
Label:Ecm Records (Jazz) 

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Add Date:2004-05-17 Pull Date:2004-07-19 Charts:Jazz
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Album Review
Ben
Reviewed 2004-05-17 

One of Higgins’s last recordings before he died, made with longtime collaborator Charles Lloyd. The sound ranges from African chants to modal jazz, but there’s a relaxed, friendly vibe throughout that works well with ECM’s warm fuzzy production. Excellent stuff.

The 30 tracks here are laid out in 6 groups of related songs. The groupings seem to be more thematic rather than compositional so feel free to mix and match.

Disc 1
1. Med tribal feel
*2. Searching strings and sax
3. Fast improv
4. Melancholy piano solo
*5. Plaintive ballad
6. Nice jazzy improv
*7. Interesting take on the swing
*8. African sounding guitar and vox
9. Quiet sax explorations
10. African vox and guitar
11. Tribal oboe and hand percussion
*12. More traditional med tempo jazz
13. Wistful melancholy piano
*14. Sparse blues vox
*15. Soft-spoken tribal sound
Disc 2
*1. Mellow sax over rolling percussion
2. Moody piano solo
*3. Upbeat bop-like conversation
4. Deep melancholy flute solo
*5. African percussion and singing
6. Bouncy swing
7. Slow, bluesy piano
8. Quiet Spanish vocals
9. Plaintive sax cry
10. Quiet love ballad
*11. Coltrane sounding
12. Exotic middle eastern mood
13. Light bossa nova with vox
*14. Flowing marimba under tribal flute
15. Light jazz scatting over guitar

Ben Bostwick 5/12/04

Track Listing
1.The Forest 16.Wild Orchids Bloom
2.Being and Becoming 17.Advaita
3.Civilization 18.Chomolungma
4.Sea of Tranquility 19.Sally Sunflower Whitecloud
5.Prayer, Sanctuary 20.My Lord, My Lord
6.Supreme Love Dance 21.Windy Mountain
7.A Wild and Holy Band 22.Through Fields and Undergrou
8.Oh, Karim 23.Mi Corazon
9.Akhi 24.Beloved, Chimes at Midnight
10.Ya, Karim 25.Take a Chance
11.Tagi 26.Perfume of the Desert
12.Hanuman's Dance 27.Benares
13.Sky Valley 28.Amor
14.Blues Tinge 29.Forever Dance
15.Atman Alone Abides 30.Bis