Charles Lloyd & the Marvels have released a spirited take on Ornette Coleman’s “Ramblin’.”
This vibrant rendition is the first single from Lloyd’s upcoming album Tone Poem, which will mark the saxophonist and his collective’s first time recording without guest vocalists. The Marvels—Bill Frisell on guitar, Greg Leisz on pedal steel guitar, Reuben Rogers on bass and Eric Harland on drums—take on Lloyd originals and compositions by Thelonious Monk, Leonard Cohen and more on the new record.
“Some of the notes and cries you hear now on my instrument, I didn’t have as a young man,” 82-year-old Lloyd said in a statement. “They articulate something. Then, I have these ensembles serving a higher goal. Sensitives are abundant on the planet; they just aren’t given credit for it. To be drunk while also being non-toxic and non-harmful to the world is a contribution worth making, a song worth singing.”
Tone Poem is due out March 12. Hear “Ramblin’” below: