Charles Lloyd

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Album title:
Manhattan Stories
Composer(s):
Charles Lloyd
Performer:
Charles Lloyd (saxophone & flute), Ron Carter (bass), Gábor Szabó (guitar) etc
Label:
Resonance
Catalogue Number:
HCD-2016
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5
Reviewer:
BBC Music Magazine
Charles Lloyd

This release unearths two live concerts from 1965. In July, Lloyd ended an 18-month stint with Cannonball Adderley, during which time he made two admirable but not earth-shaking LPs of his own for Columbia. One of these, Of Course, Of Course, featured Carter and Szabó who joined his new quartet: they broke house records at Slugs’ Saloon in Greenwich Village, a concert represented here on disc two.

The first disc was recorded in September 1965 at Judson Hall, a more formal venue than Slugs’, but the music has just as much creative edge. It’s clear that Lloyd is on the verge of a major breakthrough. Seven months later he recorded Dream Weaver for Atlantic and the rest, mega-success by jazz standards, is legend.

Bassist Carter is on majestic form, and guitarist Szabó produces some of his best work. This release fills in a significant gap in Lloyd’s recorded catalogue: it’s history in the making.

 

Barry Witherden
 

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