From 1966-1969 Charles Lloyd led one of the most popular groups in jazz, Lloyd's music although generally a bit melodic, was not watered-down and managed to catch on for several years during a time when jazz was at its low point in popularity.
Lloyd's eighth album for ECM is a collection of original compositions all performed in loving tribute to his old friend, drummer Billy Higgins, who passed away in May of 2001. The spiritual quality is heightened by the after-the-fact dedication. It is a wondeful tribute as Lloyd closes the book on his nearly half century association with the late Billy Higgins.
The line up featured: Charles LLoyd on tenor saxophone, maracas, taragato, Billy Higgins on drums, John Abercrome on guitar, Brad Mehldau on piano and Larry Grenadier.
The pace on "Hyperion with Higgins" is hot and intensified and offers a fierce tenor sax by Charles Lloyd with Abercromie bringing a quality of playing that is extraordinary.
This album serves as a farewell to a special friend.