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New From ECM: Lloyd/Farantouri Collaboration – “Athens Concert”

New from ECM, possibly the finest recording company in the world.

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Charles Lloyd Maria Farantouri Athens Concert
ECM 2205-06 (Sept.13, 2011)

“Stunning performance in front of a huge audience at the open air Odeon of Herodes Atticus, as Charles Lloyd, uniquely-expressive saxophonist, and Maria Farantouri, Greece’s voice of resistance, come together. Friends for some years, this is their first recorded collaboration. Lloyd’s brilliant quartet is on hand – with Jason Moran in especially creative mode – augmented by lyra player Socratis Sinopoulos and second pianist Takis Frazio in a marvelous programme that includes songs by Mikis Theoedorakis, suites of Greek traditional music, Eleni Karaindrou’s Journey to Kythera and Lloyd originals including his classic Dream Weaver. “Athens Concert” is a major event, a very special live album indeed.

Charles Lloyd tenor saxophone, flute, tarogato
Maria Farantouri voice
Jason Moran piano
Reuben Rogers double-bass
Eric Harland drums
Socratis Sinopoulos lyra
Takis Farazis piano

CD 1
Kratissa ti zoi mou
Dream Weaver
Blow Wind
Requiem

Greek Suite, Part I
Hymnos stin Ayia Triada
Epano sto xero homa
Messa Stous paradissious kipous
Taxidi sta Kythera

CD 2
Prayer

Greek Suite, Part II
Vlefaro mou

Margaritarenia
Thalassaki Mou

Greek Suite, Part III
Epirotiko Meroloi
Kaegomae kae Sigoliono
Mori kontoula lemonia
Alismono kae haeromae
Tou hel’ to kastron
Yanni Mou

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