It may seem a bit of a paradox to still describe 81-year-old American saxophonist Charles Lloyd as a jazz innovator. But the fact is that Lloyd continues to search tirelessly for new paths and forms of expression rather than producing a resume of his long career. »I refer to myself as a sound-searcher,« says Charles Lloyd. »The deeper I dive into the ocean of sound, the more I become aware that I need to dive down even deeper.« Thus as recently as 2016 he founded the alternative country and Americana band The Marvels, recording the album »Vanished Gardens« with the new band’s pedal-steel-guitar sounds and roots rock singer Lucinda Williams; for many critics, this is one of the top records in Lloyd’s large discography.
In addition to two members of The Marvels, Charles Lloyd is accompanied by guitarists Julian Lage und Marvin Sewell. »Kindred Spirits« is the title of the programme with which the five musicians celebrate jazz music’s inexhaustible powers of innovation.
And here´s a review of his show at the Ronnie Scott´s Jazzclub, London (1 August 2019)
Charles Lloyd’s first appearance at Ronnie’s with a truly amazing group was a very special event. Lloyd’s Kindred Spirits group comprised a cohort of the highest calibre. Two extraordinary guitarists, Julian Lage and Marvin Sewell, and on bass and drums, two of Lloyd’s long-time co-musicians, the in-demand rhythm section of Reuben Rogers and Eric Harland, and, leading it all, the unmistakeable, 81-years-young Charles Lloyd on tenor sax and flute. From the moment he stepped on stage it was clear that he just loved to be playing in a small club, and he did not hold back – a strong musical presence making sure attention was paid to detail all-round, guiding with a gentle, knowing intelligence with roots in a lifetime of just living the music.
The guitarists had very different styles, so complemented each other inspiringly. Lage light, super fast and furiously florid, Sewell, sharp, raw and hitting the blues streak – they just kept upping the ante every time they soloed! Not quite duelling, but… and Harland’s drum solo was one of those that redefines what a drum solo is – none of that ‘just bash away’ – he focused on a beat and worked round it meticulously and, later, Lloyd joined him, not without humour, wielding metallic green maracas for a brief percussive duet that lightened the tone. Similarly, Rogers on electric bass didn’t take the easy route, lots of space and then he just turned it up.
Great playing from all five – never a dull moment, with Lloyd imposing his large, all-embracing presence with a gentle touch and many big smiles – just like his playing, which combined the imposingly forceful, demanding attention, and the gracefully mellifluous, with gorgeous phrasing trickling up and down the hill with every note he played – with a memorably devastating tenor sax solo outtro to their second number that really flew. The flute was Lloyd’s other instrument of choice, setting up the mood for the finale to a brilliant 80 minute set, ending on a carnival note, throwing jazz, chunky funk and a demon Latin undercurrent in to the melting pot with glorious glee! (by Geoff Winston)
And here´s is his show from the Park den Brandt … Excellent stuff !
Thanks to Steven (who recorded the show); and to gideon77 for sharing it at Dime.
Recorded live at Jazz Middelheim. Park Den Brandt, Antwerp, Belgium; August 16, 2019. Very good FM broadcast.
Gerald Clayton (piano)
Eric Harland (drums)
Charles Lloyd (saxophone, flute)
Reuben Rogers (bass)
Marvin Sewell (guitar)
01. Radio intro 1.51
02. Deverish Dance 19:54
03. All My Relations 10.44
04. How Can I Tell You 19.40
05. Little Anahids Day 11.04
06. Untitled 1 10.58
07. Untitled 2 14.19
08. Crowd 0.14
09. Radio outro 1:03
Music composed by Charles Lloyd