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Album Review

Charles Lloyd: Tone Poem

Read "Tone Poem" reviewed by Eric Gudas


Charles Lloyd and The Marvels' April 2017 performance at UCLA's Royce Hall, with guest vocalist Lucinda Williams, was nothing but highlights--from Lloyd's dance moves across the stage as one or other of his bandmates soloed, to Williams' impassioned performances on such songs as Bob Dylan's “Masters of War" and Jimi Hendrix's “Angel." They also played a song by Beach Boys. ("In My Room"). But the night really got going when the band played about fifteen minutes of Ornette Coleman material, ...

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Album Review

Charles Lloyd and the Marvels: Tone Poem

Read "Tone Poem" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


The download comes down the i-pipe in a virtual blue folder titled Charles Lloyd Tone Poem and the first thought upon initial listening is 'damn right it is'! It is a deceptively graceful covers album which immediately makes all the songs—many by none other than Ornette Coleman, Gabor Szabo and Leonard Cohen—their own highly active ecosystem of blurry form, focused response, and whatever else tickles Lloyd's fancy. Lloyd has been a genuine, spiritual force since the moment he ...

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Year in Review

La-Faithia White's Best Releases of 2020

Read "La-Faithia White's Best Releases of 2020" reviewed by La-Faithia White


Music is the gift that keeps on giving, especially during difficult times. Music also helps us navigate through our busy days and long nights. The artists included in my Best of 2020 list have shared their gifts and talents with these outstanding releases. Charles Lloyd Kindred Spirits Live Blue Note Records John Coltrane Giant Steps 60th Anniversary Atlantic Records Gregory Porter All Rise ...

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Radio

The Rhythm Bombers of Manassas High - Charles Lloyd, George Coleman, Harold Mabern

Read "The Rhythm Bombers of Manassas High - Charles Lloyd, George Coleman, Harold Mabern" reviewed by Russell Perry


On September 20, 2019, tenor giant Charles Lloyd wrote, “I am quite at a loss to express the acute pain I feel learning about the departure of my brother and long time friend, Harold Mabern. This hits very close to home--we go back to the early 1950s when we were both members of the Rhythm Bombers at Manassas High in Memphis-along with Frank Strozier, [and] Booker Little.... Matthew Garrett (Dee Dee Bridgewater's father) was our music director. Jimmie Lunceford started ...

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Radio

The Road to Fusion - Lloyd, Burton, Williams, Zawinul and Miles (1967 - 1972)

Read "The Road to Fusion - Lloyd, Burton, Williams, Zawinul and Miles (1967 - 1972)" reviewed by Russell Perry


Jazz-rock fusion or, often, simply “fusion" emerged in the late '60s as the child of many mothers. Characterized by electric instruments and rock rhythms, it could be loud and fast, but just as likely, could be melodic or lyrical or funky. The Charles Lloyd Quartet, the Gary Burton Quartet, Tony Williams Lifetime and the Joe Zawinul Group all showed elements of what became the best-selling strain of jazz in the 1970s. And once again, of course, Miles Davis was in ...

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Radio

Leïla Olivesi, Charles Lloyd, Paul Bryan, Kirk Knuffke and Other New Releases

Read "Leïla Olivesi, Charles Lloyd, Paul Bryan, Kirk Knuffke and Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Here is the second part of this week's exploration of new releases [for the first part click here] by Kirk Knuffke and Paul Bryan as well as upcoming Blue Note albums by Charles Lloyd, and South African pianist Nduduzo Makhathini. To top off Mondo Jazz's 100th episode, a celebration of Federico Fellini's centennial through his soundtrack maestro, Nino Rota, as interpreted by Carla Bley and producer Hal Willner. Happy listening! Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme ...

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Album Review

Charles Lloyd: 8: Kindred Spirits (Live at The Lobero)

Read "8: Kindred Spirits (Live at The Lobero)" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


A staggering statement of will and love, 8: Kindred Spirits (Live at The Lobero) big bangs from thin air with “Dreamweaver," a twenty-one minute excursion that doubles down on Charles Lloyd's casually grand schemata that anything and everything goes, that as long as we're all in the music's same head space we can know peace. It's how he's gotten by to where he is in his moment: balancing life's blues and cantors, its whiplash and zeal, within a free-form framework ...


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