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Charles Lloyd Quartet at Vicar Street

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Charles Lloyd Quartet Vicar Street jny: Dublin, Ireland November 16, 2016 Two years after playing Dublin's National Concert Hall, NEA Jazz Master Charles Lloyd returned to the Irish capital and the more intimate surroundings of Vicar Street. Last time out Lloyd's New Quartet featured Gerald Clayton in lieu of Jason Moran, Joe Sanders in lieu of Reuben Rogers, and Eric Harland. Here only Clayton remained, with the returning Rogers and Kendrick Scott rounding out the ...

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Charles Lloyd and The Marvels: I Long to See You

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Rather than easing off since turning seventy in 2008, Charles Lloyd has instead upped the ante, producing some of the finest music of his career. Whatever spiritual quest Lloyd is on, it continues to spur the veteran saxophonist to heady musical heights and I Long to See You (Blue Note, 2016) is no exception. Lloyd's well-established rhythm team of Rueben Rogers and Eric Harland is joined by Bill Frisell--whose presence marks a return to the guitar in Lloyd's music for ...

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Charles Lloyd & The Marvels: I Long To See You

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If ever there was an eternal explorer, it's Charles Lloyd. This inquisitive soul has made a career out of surveying new frontiers, both within himself and beyond the borders of his own being. He's taken every opportunity to peer and travel into the unknown, allowing only the sound and the spirits to serve as his guides. Yet somehow, each one of his albums also manages to feel like a homecoming of sorts. There's something that's just plain ...

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Charles Lloyd: Wild Man Dance

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Wonders seem to never cease where Charles Lloyd is concerned. In a career spanning more than half a century, Lloyd's well of creativity has never run dry. He remains peerless when it comes to producing transcendent music. While plenty of musicians tend to slow down as they get older, the opposite seems to be happening with this septuagenarian. In the five years prior to the release of this album, Lloyd delivered Mirror (ECM, 2010), a superbly rendered ...

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Charles Lloyd at SFJAZZ

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Charles Lloyd SFJAZZ jny: San Francisco, CA April 24-26, 2015 Even in the idiosyncratic world of jazz, Charles Lloyd stands apart. Born in jny: Memphis in 1938, Lloyd is a master of the tenor saxophone and flute. His ethnic mix--Irish, Cherokee, African, and Mongolian--mirrors the vast number of musical styles he has crossed paths with. Appearing onstage with stars such as Booker Little as a teenager, Lloyd went on to play with many blues greats ...

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Charles Lloyd New Quartet at The National Concert Hall

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Charles Lloyd New Quartet National Concert Hall jny:Dublin, Ireland November 18, 2014 At seventy six, saxophonist/flutist and composer Charles Lloyd could be forgiven for resting on his considerable laurels. Most musicians, however, are reluctant to trade the buzz of live performance for the free bus pass and Lloyd is no exception. Lloyd still performs in the major concert halls and at the most prestigious jazz festivals around the world to standing ovations and glowing ...

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Belgrade Jazz Festival 2014

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Belgrade Jazz Festival 2014 Dom Omladine, Dom Sindikata Belgrade, Serbia October 24-27, 2014 When back in 2005, the Dom Omladine Beograda decided to revive the Belgrade Jazz Festival, which was abruptly discontinued due to happenings in the Balkan's region, the organization faced with two mounting tasks--in a very short time it had to create a festival that had to live up to the dizzying heights and reputation that the festival had in the past ...

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Charles Lloyd: Manhattan Stories

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Since 2008 the non-for-profit label Resonance has put out a number rare historic, previously unreleased, recordings. Saxophonist John Coltrane's 1966 Temple University concert Offering: Live at Temple University (Resonance, 2014) and pianists Tommy Flanagan and Jaki Byard's 1982 duet at Keystone Korner The Magic of 2 (Resonance, 2011) are a couple examples from this treasure trove. Similarly Manhattan Stories is saxophonist Charles Lloyd's two live dates from 1965 the first at Judson Hall and the second at Slugs' Saloon.


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