Charles Lloyd – Wild Man Dance Suite (live at The Temple of Dendur, New York) (2015)

FrontCover1.jpgCharles Lloyd (born March 15, 1938 in Memphis, Tennessee) is an American jazz musician. Though he primarily plays tenor saxophone and flute, he has occasionally recorded on other reed instruments, including alto saxophone and the Hungarian tárogató.

Mr. Lloyd has been a notable solo artist in jazz for some 50 years, though his track record hardly suggests an unbroken line. He found fame in the latter half of the 1960s, selling more than a million copies of the album “Forest Flower” and becoming the first jazz artist to headline the Fillmore Auditorium. Then, at the height of his prominence in the early ’70s, he retreated into meditative seclusion in Big Sur, Calif. (The arc of his career forms the subject of “Arrows Into Infinity,” a recent documentary film directed by his wife and manager, Dorothy Darr, and the producer Jeffery Morse.)

Mr. Lloyd’s major resurgence as a jazz artist came about in the ’80s, with a series of tours and albums that includes the only other Blue. (

In April 2015 he released a live Album, called “Wild Man Dance” (on Blue Note again) and it was original recorded in 2013:

Response was generally positive, with AllMusic calling it “a success on virtually every level.” All About Jazz noted that “While plenty of musicians tend to slow down as they get older, the opposite seems to be happening with this septuagenarian”, and said it “is every bit as magical as the best of Lloyd’s output.”[3] The Los Angeles Times stated “Here the dulcimer-like Hungarian cimbalom and the bowed lyra color the open-ended framework of a six-part suit (by wikipedia)

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And here´s another live version of this Suite … rerded live in 2015 to promote the original album.

Wild Man Dance Suite is a sweeping new masterpiece from Charles Lloyd. Blending traditional jazz elements with visceral sounds and textures from antiquity, Lloyd has created something altogether new and exciting. Composed for a quartet of piano, bass, and drums, with the addition of Greek lyra and the Hungarian gypsy cimbalom, the ensemble performs the six movements of the suite like a flowing orchestral unit. (

Charles Lloyd turned 80 on March 15.

Thanks to Lewojazz for sharing the HDTV webcast at Dime.

Recorded live at The Temple of Dendur, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; April 18, 2015. Very good audio (ripped from HDTV webcast).


Eric Harland (drums)
Charles Lloyd (saxophone, flute, tarogato)
Miklós Lukács (cymbalom)

Jason Moran (piano)
Joe Sanders (bass)
Sokratis Sinopoulos (greek Lyra)



Wild Man Dance Suite:
Part 5 Rumination – Flying Over The Odra Valley
Gardener – Lark – The River – Invitation – Wild Man Dance


01. Part A 16.42
02. Part B 8.08
03. Part C 10.19
04. Part D 8.42
05. Part E 15.08
06. Part F 9.59
07. Part G 7.15
08. Part H 6.06
09. Part I 11.48
10. Video version 1.34.22

Music composed by Charles LLoyd

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