This new one by Charles Lloyd transcends the interesting and worthy ECM tag. It's inspired and soulful, qualities not often associated with the label's recorded product. Accompanied by John Abercrombie on guitar, Billy Higgins on drums (he and Lloyd have played together off and on during the past 40 years), Brad Mehldau on piano, and Larry Grenadier on bass, Lloyd mixes standards like Billy Strayhorn's "Lotus Blossom" and Hoagy Carmichael's "Georgia" with his own originals. The playing is quiet but not restrained; volume doesn't substitute for intensity on this recording. There is something to be said for the tone of a long-time sax player like Lloyd who has had a chance to develop a personal and identifiable one. His sound is very emotional but he doesn't resort to groks and splats to make his playing felt. The Charles Lloyd of 30-plus years ago probably would have. Economy of effort and age can sometimes work together nicely. An ECM record that sounds as classy as it looks. Strange.