Charles Lloyd / Maria Farantouri | Athens Concert

Charles Lloyd / Maria Farantouri | Athens Concert
2205/06August 2011

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

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 Farazis in a marvellous programme that includes songs by Mikis Theodorakis, 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.