Charles Lloyd & the Marvels Tone Poem

16. Charles Lloyd & the Marvels Tone Poem
(Blue Note)

On its first two albums, this quintet featuring Bill Frisell collaborated with singers Lucinda Williams, Norah Jones, and Willie Nelson. Their third album is all-instrumental, but all five members play with a vocal quality—the plaintive emotion, the punctuated phrasing—that’s as unmistakable on the compositions by Lloyd, Monk, and Coleman as on those by Leonard Cohen and Bolo de Nieve. GEOFFREY HIMES

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