Mon July 24, 2017

Charles Lloyd Quartet (USA)

Charles Lloyd: tenor, soprano saxophone, flute
Gerald Clayton: piano
Reuben Rogers: bass
Eric Harland: drums

Charles Lloyd is a vital pillar of the triumvirate of living jazz saxophone legends that includes Wayne Shorter and Sonny Rollins. He has spent his entire career on a journey to innovatively explore the spiritual realms of wonder and beauty. In December 2016, the esteemed magazine The Atlantic ran the in-depth profile “The Re-Flowering: Charles Lloyd's Second Golden Age,” proffering that “The jazz saxophonist went from 1960s pop stardom to years of self-imposed exile, but he’s now producing some of the best music of his career.”

Lloyd’s wide recognition in recent years includes being named a 2015 NEA Jazz Master, receiving an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music in 2015, and last year being inducted into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame. This year he has been honored by the renowned New York jazz cultural center, The Jazz Gallery, with its Lifetime Achievement Award.

Lloyd’s 2015 Blue Note release Wild Man Dance was an album-length suite composed for a unique group comprised of pianist Gerald Clayton, bassist Joe Sanders, drummer Gerald Cleaver, Greek lyra virtuoso Sokratis Sinopoulos, and Hungarian cimbalom maestro Miklós Lukács. For his 2016 album I Long to See You, Lloyd formed a new guitar-driven band featuring guitarist Bill Frisell and pedal steel guitarist Greg Leisz along with Reuben Rogers on electric bass and drummer Eric Harland.

"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... There's something that's just plain elusive in Lloyd's art, exemplified in that miraculous marriage between the act of departure and the sound of return."
All About Jazz

"The album is gorgeous throughout, as Lloyd changes the complexion of his music without diminishing his individual sound or personality. "
The Chicago Reader