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

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

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

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

CD 2

Greek Suite, Part II
Vlefaro mou

Thalassaki Mou

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