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Charles Lloyd: Love-In

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Five decades after the event, Charles Lloyd's Love-In, recorded live at San Francisco's Fillmore Auditorium in 1967, endures as much as an archaeological artefact as a musical document. From sleeve designer Stanislaw Zagorski's treatment of Rolling Stone photographer Jim Marshall's cover shot, through the album title and some of the track titles ("Tribal Dance," “Temple Bells"), and the inclusion of Lennon & McCartney's “Here There and Everywhere," Love-In's semiology is a powerful reminder of the acid-drenched zeitgeist of the mid ...

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Newport Jazz Festival 2018: Part 1-2

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Part 1 | Part 2 Newport Jazz Festival Fort Adams State Park Newport, RI August 4, 2018 Raw, windswept notes comprised the abstract musical sketches that played beneath a darkening sky to open the 64th edition of the Newport Jazz Festival, presented by Natixis Investment Managers. With flashing fingers, Reggie Workman raked the strings of an upright bass, strumming chords that sang with percussive aggression. Sharp and biting, single notes rang on Oliver ...

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Charles Lloyd &The Marvels + Lucinda Williams: Vanished Gardens

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At age 80 legendary saxophonist/composer Charles Lloyd shows no signs of slowing down. In addition to his New Quartet--most recently documented on Passin' Thru (Blue Note Records, 2017)--he has collaborated with the Greek singer Maria Farantouri on Athens Concert (ECM, 2011); played duets with Quartet pianist Jason Moran on Hagar's Song (ECM, 2013); and produced a long-form suite commissioned by the Jazztopad Festival in Wroclaw, Poland, documented on Wild Man Dance (Blue Note Records, 2015). Vanished Gardens marks ...

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Charles Lloyd: Vanished Gardens

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Far be it from me to cast a shadow on Vanished Gardens, Charles Lloyd's 80th birthday release. With a career spanning my point of conception to now, as I try to make sense of it all, is my two cents really necessary? So “Defiant" starts out as an extended shadowy and supple Lloyd solo as the Marvels: Bill Frisell, guitar; Greg Leisz on pedal steel, Reuben Rogers on bass, and Eric Harland sitting in on the drums slip into a ...

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A Vintage Year For Jessica Felix And The Healdsburg Jazz Festival

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It's a 20th anniversary vintage year for the Healdsburg Jazz Festival, pouring over the first ten days of this coming June, in the Sonoma County “wine country" 70 miles north of jny:San Francisco. That there is a festival at all is due to the tenacity of its artistic director Jessica Felix, who planted jazz in Healdsburg twenty years ago and has kept working to sustain it. That Jessica Felix is at the center of the festival at all is due ...

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Jazztopad Festival 2017

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Witold Lutoslawski National Forum of Music Jazztopad Festival Wroclaw, Poland November 21-26, 2017 Jazztopad is the yearly Jazz Festival of Poland's Witold Lutoslawski National Forum of Music in Wroclaw. Wroclaw is a vibrant, hip, internationally oriented city that never sleeps, a city with character, lots of peculiar neighbourhoods, populated by many young people from all over the world. Fall season is called listopad in Polish and so Jazztopad is fall's jazz, a ...

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Charles Lloyd: Passin' Thru

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Passin' Thru is a live recording celebrating the 10th anniversary of saxophonist Charles Lloyd's New Quartet with pianist Jason Moran, bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Eric Harland. The full band was last heard from on record on Athens Concert (ECM, 2011). When Lloyd reconvened the quartet for a tour in the summer of 2016 he was in a bit of a retrospective mood, curious to revisit some of his earlier music from a more mature perspective. After a ...

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Charles Lloyd: Passin' Thru

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Billed as a ten-year celebration of Lloyd's New Quartet featuring Eric Harland, Reuben Rogers and Jason Moran, this 2016 live set actually marked the quartet's first extended tour in over three years and its first release since the extraordinary Athens Concert (ECM, 2011) -an indication of the difficulties of keeping together a working group of contemporary stars. Inevitably perhaps, this set draws heavily from Lloyd's lovingly dog-eared songbook, yet an exercise in nostalgia, this is not. The ...

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Charles Lloyd: The Winds Of Grace

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At seventy nine years young Charles Lloyd is showing no signs of slowing down. The summer months see the Memphis saxophonist/flautist on the North American and European festival circuits with his quartet of Gerald Clayton, Reuben Rogers and Eric Harland, followed by dates with The Marvels, Lloyd's most recent group, featuring Bill Frisell, Greg Leisz, Rogers and Harland. The latter formation's baptism came with the acclaimed I Long to See You (Blue Note, 2016), and the good news ...

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Charles Lloyd: Passin' Thru

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Admit it. You were wondering if Charles Lloyd's post-millennial quartet was no more. Am I right? We haven't really heard from that group in a while, so nobody could blame you for thinking it. When Lloyd made the jump to Blue Note Records in 2015, his opening salvo came in the form of a six-part suite that brought him into contact with a new crew that blended Greek mysticism and jazz currents in equal parts; then, when ...