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Charles Lloyd: Manhattan Stories

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Manhattan Stories is a trip back in time, a journey to a long gone and long-missed era. It's a window into the great Charles Lloyd's art at a period of transition. The shows presented on this beautifully packaged two-disc set--one recorded at the infamous Slugs' Saloon in the summer of 1965, the other recorded at Judson Hall in September of the same year--took place shortly after Lloyd left the employ of Cannonball Adderley and before he became a cross-over sensation and hero to hippies, moving a million units of Forest Flower: Charles Lloyd At Monterey (Atlantic, 1966). ...

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Charles Lloyd: Manhattan Stories

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In most cases, the folklore of a happening is much stronger than the actual event. The “older I get, the better it was" credo applies to so much of the remembered past. Not so for the only documented recordings by Charles Lloyd's Quartet of guitarist Gábor Szabó, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Pete La Roca. Lloyd who, in 1965, had left his residency as musical director for Chico Hamilton and member of Cannonball Adderly's band, gathered Szabó (from Hamilton's employment) and formed this quartet. He would soon record Of Course, Of Course (Columbia, 1968) with Tony Williams replacing ...

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Charles Lloyd: Arrows Into Infinity

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Charles Lloyd Arrows Into Infinity ECM Records 2014 Undoubtedly deserving the title modern day saxophone titan Charles Lloyd has made one of the most important contributions to the art better known as contemporary or modern jazz. Widely recognized as one of the most timeless and significant musicians in the history of jazz, his melodic sensibilities, playing style and compositions have delighted listeners and have influenced generations of musicians. Easily one of the most influential tenor saxophonists, the sound of this venerable saxophonist is recognizable in a matter of seconds. Directed by ...

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Charles Lloyd: Arrows Into Infinity

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Charles Lloyd Arrows Into Infinity ECM Records 2014 It's rare to have an opportunity to see a music film in both the theatre and the comfort of your own home, but a serendipitous invite to the 2013 Jazztopad Festival in Wrocław, Poland not only provided the chance to hear saxophonist Charles Lloyd premiering a new work, commissioned by the festival, with an entirely new group; it also presented, in a movie theatre, Arrows Into Infinity, a nearly two-hour look at Lloyd's life and career, directed by his longtime life partner, manager and co-producer Dorothy ...

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Charles Lloyd at the Musical Instrument Museum

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Charles Lloyd and Sangam Musical Instrument Museum Phoenix, Arizona March 9, 2014 Saxophonist Charles Lloyd, who has continually reinvented his musical style since the late 1960s, delivered a deluge of sound and rhythm changes in a spell-binding concert that integrated avant-garde jazz with elements of Asian and Eastern European music. Performing with tabla master Zakir Hussain and percussionist Eric Harland, the acoustic union known since 2004 as Sangam created free-flowing invention. Lloyd, 75, mostly played tenor sax, but also alto flute, piano and tarogato, a western Asia/eastern European wooden horn. Lloyd employed minor ...

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2013 Montreal Jazz Festival: June 28-July 2, 2013

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Festival International de Jazz de MontréalMontréal, CanadaJune 28-July 7, 2013After taking a year off to curate an All About Jazz Presents: Doing It Norway at Norway's 2012 Kongsberg Jazz Festival, it was great to return to the city that hosts what must surely be the largest jazz festival in the world. Where else can an artist like Stevie Wonder open up the festival with an outdoor Grand Spectacle, in front of nearly a quarter of a million people? Or guitarist Pat Metheny finish his world tour in support of Pat Metheny Group's last record, 2005's The Way ...

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Charles Lloyd: Quartets

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ECM's Old & New Masters Edition series was not just created to bring material back into print. Some has been available on CD before, but an even bigger carrot for fans of the label is material that has never been on compact disc, like bassist Arild Andersen's three 1970s recordings, collected on Green in Blue (2010), or first-time full two-CD reissues of double albums like guitarist Terje Rypdal's Odyssey (1975), which also includes a previously unreleased live set, or pianist Chick Corea's live duo recording with vibraphonist Gary Burton, In Concert (1980), collected in the Crystal Silence--The ECM Recordings 1972-1979 ...



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