What a delightful surprise, and sublime treat! Apparently I hadn't been paying enough attention to Lucinda Williams' recording details (she recorded "Dust" with guitarists Greg Leisz and Bill Frisell on her 2016 album), but this marriage of jazz and Americana/folk surprised me in how beautifully it works. Half of the tracks are songs with Williams doing interpretations of four of her older and newer songs including the brand new (somewhat out of character, politically charged, politically correct) "We've Come Too Far to Turn Around", as well as a glorious cover of Hendrix's "Angel". And in many ways she sounds better than ever, bringing an ever deepening maturity to her vocals. The instrumental tracks and extended accompaniments are also inspired, mostly characteristically Lloyd, lush and mellow, but at times reminding me of a more experimental sound, something Robert Wyatt could have recorded 45 years ago (with Mongezi Feza), or Jerry Granelli's would have done 10 years ago with V16 (and the great guitar duo of David Tronzo and Christian Kögel).
I'm not sure all Williams fans will love this (my wife who loves Lucinda commented that the beautiful "Ballad of a Sad Young Man" sounds like "tedious jazz", and I'm sure the extended explorations around "Unsuffer Me" would challenge her patience - lol), and I imagine some of Lloyd's fans might also find it outside their box. The main fan base I can see having no trouble celebrating it all is Frisell's. In other words, if you love eclectic Fusion/Prog/Americana you'll appreciate this quality recording.
- Audio CD (13 July 2018)
- Original Release Date: 13 July 2018
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Decca Records
- Run Time: 73 minutes
- ASIN: B07CQL3452
- Other Editions: Vinyl
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 817 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)