A striking, post-bop saxophonist with an ethereal sound grounded and defined by his unique spiritualism, NEA Jazz Master Charles Lloyd once charted a new direction for jazz in 1965 with bandmates Keith Jarrett and Jack DeJohnette. At 78, he’s still proving that originality and populism are a perfect combination on I Long To See You, a modern jazz masterpiece with crossover appeal. Outfitted with a new band, featuring guitarist Bill Frisell and called the Marvels, Lloyd has made an unexpected dream of a record, a rebirth of sorts that celebrates Bob Dylan, the blues, and ”the quantum mechanics of love,” as Lloyd says.
Unlike the sonic tapestries produced during his long tenure at ECM, Long is a combination of classic and re-imagined Lloyd originals (the swinging “Of Course, Of Course”), earthy Americana (“Shenandoah”) and chanteuse Norah Jones on a luminous “You Are So Beautiful.” The album is indeed a stirring love letter to the joys of melody, collective storytelling and the collaborative spirit of making music that will leave you spellbound. (10 tracks; 67 minutes)