Recorded on the opening night of the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal as part of an eight-concert series paying tribute to Charlie Haden. While the other evenings all featured stellar musicians and wonderful collaborations, this one is special because it features Haden in a trio of players not usually associated with him: drummer Al Foster – fresh from Miles Davis' band, and the late tenor giant Joe Henderson. In fact, Haden has subtitled the set, "Tribute to Joe Henderson." There are four extended tunes on the set, the shortest of which is the opener, a gorgeous, wide open rendering of Thelonious Monk's "'Round Midnight," on which Henderson begins to display some of the same modal soloing traits he employed on his Blue Note recordings Mode for Joe, and Inner Urge.
Overseen by producer T Bone Burnett, Lost on the River features a recently discovered stash of unfinished Bob Dylan lyrics from the 1967 Basement Tapes era at Big Pink in upstate New York. Dylan’s publisher offered them to Burnett, who assembled Elvis Costello, The Carolina Chocolate Drops’ Rhiannon Giddens, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, Dawes’ Taylor Goldsmith, and Mumford & Sons’ Marcus Mumford to compose and play music to Dylan’s words. Sessions were held in a professional recording studio, and the roots-based songs vary, depending on where the lead vocalist takes the material.
Classical and jazz pianist and composer, Friedrich Gulda was one of Austria's premiere pianists. Born in Vienna in 1930, Gulda started piano lessons at the age of seven. When he was 12, he enrolled in the Vienna Music Academy, and four years later received first place in the Geneva International Music Festival. In 1949, Gulda toured Europe and South America, earning international acclaim for his treatments of Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven, and the following year he successfully debuted at Carnegie Hall.