5-cd box set issued to mark charles lloyd’s 75th birthday looks back at the beginning of the great saxophonist’s association with ecm.
it includes the albums ‘fish out of water’, ‘notes from big sur’, ‘the call’, ‘all my relations’ & ‘canto’. all five were recorded in oslo (between 1989 & 1996) with manfred eicher producing & they chart a particularly rich & creative period in lloyd’s musical life. ‘fish out of water’ marked lloyd’s comeback, after long years in retreat from the jazz scene. he was partnered by scandinavian players who had been inspired by his trailblazing music of the 1960s & who were able both to support & challenge him. a particularly strong bond was forged with pianist bobo stenson, heard on all of the discs here, who was to become one of the most important contributors to the inner architecture of lloyd’s group music. the box includes liner notes by thomas conrad & session photography by dorothy darr. “he has truly matured into one of the great masters of the saxophone” – jazzwise.