Charles Lloyd completes latest album series with Trios: Sacred Thread

Charles Lloyd is getting ready to release Trios: Sacred Thread, the third and final album in his Trio of Trios series.

The expansive project presents the legendary saxophonist and NEA Jazz Master in three different trio settings. Trios: Sacred Thread features Lloyd with guitarist Julian Lage and percussionist Zakir Hussain.

“Zakir and I played together in concert for the first time in 2001,” Lloyd explains, “and it was then I learned Alla Rakha was his father, whom I saw playing with Ravi Shankar at USC, so it has been like that… connections on a journey. You could call it Providence, I call it a Sacred Thread.”

He continues: “I first heard young Julian when he was 12. He grew up not far from Healdsburg and was known to be a wunderkind — he had big ears and I heard his potential. Twenty years later I invited him to join me. He’s still a young man and his ears have only grown bigger. So, I keep being blessed by souls who find a way to me, it still inspires me to go out on the high wire and try to fly.”

Listen to Desolation Sound below:

The first album in the series, Trios: Chapel, featured guitarist Bill Frisell and bassist Thomas Morgan. The second, Trios: Ocean, featured pianist Gerald Clayton and guitarist Anthony Wilson.

Now at 84 years old, Lloyd remains as prominent and prolific as ever. He has now released 50 albums as a bandleader, including four within the last two years. This year, he was a two-time winner of the 70th annual DownBeat Critics Poll.

Last year, a documentary presented by the Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin offered “rare and intimate insights” into Lloyd’s artistry.


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Here’s the track listing:

  1. Desolation Sound
  2. Guman
  3. Nachekita’s Lament
  4. Saraswati
  5. Kuti
  6. Tales of Rumi
  7. The Blessing

Charles Lloyd’s Trios: Sacred Thread will be released Nov. 18, 2022, via Blue Note.