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Charles Lloyd Quartet: Montreux Jazz Festival 1967

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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 ...

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Charles Lloyd & the Marvels with Lucinda Williams at Zellerbach Hall

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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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Charles Lloyd & The Marvels with Lucinda Williams at UMS

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Charles Lloyd and The Marvels with special guest Lucinda Williams Michigan Theater University Musical Society 25th Annual Jazz Series Ann Arbor, Michigan December 8, 2018 Memphis native Charles Lloyd has seen a lot in his eighty years on the planet. His own musical voyage is the stuff of legend and envy. Not many peers of his generation have been blessed with the kind of longevity and popularity that has come with Lloyd's undertakings. As ...

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Jerome Wilson's Best Releases Of 2018

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It may be unwieldy to keep a large jazz ensemble together for economic reasons but this year was still full of outstanding big band recordings, whether done through commissions, arrangers working with established orchestras or even actual working ensembles. Several of the releases on my list are examples of that. Also this year had the usual strong statements from younger, up-and-coming musicians as well as greybeards like Charles Lloyd and Wayne Shorter who proved that creative genius does not fade ...

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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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