You can't go wrong with "The Water Is Wide".
I agree with Amandarae; that live version of "Forest Flower" is some of Charles Lloyd's best work ... superior to the studio date of the same title with Chico Hamilton (Impulse). Also, try "Fish Out Of Water", a nicely recorded ECM CD production performed with Scandinavian side men ... very mellow end-of-a-tough-day kind of stuff. Had the good fortune a few years back to see/hear him at one of his rare live shows.
All of Lloyd's comeback albums since the '90s are essential & a high water mark of recent ECM jazz:
Fish Out of Water
Hyperion with Higgins
The Water is Wide
Jumping the Creek
Which Way is East
Lift Every Voice
Voice in the Night
Notes from Big Sur
I particularly like his minimalist, moodier stuff: Canto & Big Sur get my vote. His '60s & '70s LPs are all over the place stylistically, from smooth jazz to avant garde to black hippie transplant working with The Beach Boys, Dave Mason, John Cipollina(Quicksilver) and the Cowsills (Warm Waters.)
Thanks all for the suggestions.
I stopped in at Amoeba LA the other day, and picked up "Water is Wide" and "Rabo de Nube", the only selections from your lists that they had on hand. What a schizophrenic listen.
"Water" is lovely. Understated versions of Duke, Billy S, Hoagie, et al. I feel that Abercrombie and Meldhau are as integral to the music as Lloyd on this project. Everyone is tasteful and the result is beautiful. "Rabo" is from another universe. Aggressive, percussive playing of creative, forward looking music. Almost hard to imagine it's the same guy. Each has its appeal, but I think that I'm more a "Water" guy at heart.