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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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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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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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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 ...

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 ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Charles Lloyd Quartet: Montreux Jazz Festival 1967

Read "Montreux Jazz Festival 1967" reviewed by Chris May

2018 and 2019 have seen more than one release of newly discovered material by jazz icons which have been hyped as masterpieces by the record label, but proven to be underwhelming on investigation, no more than marginally interesting artefacts for anyone other than completists and the star-struck. The John Coltrane albums Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album (Impulse, 2018) and Blue World (Impulse, 2019) are cases in point. With the Charles Lloyd Quartet's 2CD Montreux Jazz Festival ...

LIVE REVIEW

Charles Lloyd & the Marvels with Lucinda Williams at Zellerbach Hall

Read "Charles Lloyd & the Marvels with Lucinda Williams at Zellerbach Hall" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser

Charles Lloyd & the Marvels with Lucinda Williams Zellerbach Hall Berkeley, CA December 6, 2018 It isn't often that a pedal steel guitar is found in a jazz ensemble. And it is even less frequent that a country music singer-songwriter joins one on vocals. But this iconoclastic collaboration had its genesis when jazz guitarist Bill Frisell teamed up with pedal steel player Greg Leisz. Leisz and Frisell invited Lucinda Williams to a Marvels concert, where ...


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