April 1, 2008 |
Charles Lloyd celebrated his approaching 70th birthday by generously sharing the spotlight Sunday at the Catalina Bar & Grill with the talents of his superb young band.
March 27, 2008 |
Jazz tenor saxophonist Charles Lloyd had a crossover hit in the late '60s with "Forest Flower." A couple of years later, he was on hiatus, meditating at Big Sur, seeking the links between music, spirituality and life. That quest has continued to play a role since his return in the '80s as one of jazz's most imaginative practitioners. He performs Sunday night at Catalina's. YOUR NEW CD, "RABO DE NUBE," IS TITLED AFTER A SONG WRITTEN BY CUBAN COMPOSER SILVIO RODRIGUEZ. HOW DID YOU HAPPEN TO MAKE THAT CHOICE?
March 17, 2003 |
Charles Lloyd's music has passed through a shifting sequence of creative phases over his four-decade career. One of the most appealing is traced to his frequent partnership with the late drummer Billy Higgins, whose irrepressible rhythmic energy brought vim and vigor to Lloyd's sometimes distracting tendency to focus on looking inward. In "Lift Every Voice," his only album since Higgins' death in 2001, Lloyd's ruminative qualities seemed an appropriate response to Sept.
December 31, 2001 |
To the nagging question "Where were you on Sept. 11?," Charles Lloyd has a pointed answer. The veteran saxophonist was in Manhattan, perilously close to ground zero, when the planes hit. He would have opened a six-night run that very night at the Blue Note in Greenwich Village, in support of his then-recently released album, "Hyperion With Higgins." Of course, the Village was a ghost town for a few days after the attacks, and Lloyd didn't play the Blue Note until that Friday.
October 14, 2000 |
Tenor saxophonist Charles Lloyd's roller-coaster career has taken him from a major jazz hit--"Forest Flower"--in the mid-'60s to virtual departure from the music scene in the '70s and a return to action in the '80s. Initially following in the trail-breaking path blazed by John Coltrane in his early career, Lloyd emerged, after a period of contemplative inner work in the '70s, in his own unique musical image.
March 7, 1999 |
The tenor saxophone, for many listeners, is the ultimate jazz instrument. And it's not hard to see why. From the first stirrings of Coleman Hawkins to the most recent recordings of Joshua Redman, the instrument has played a pivotal role in the music's unfolding history. Capable of dark, sensuous sounds, it can also scream like a beast; cool, detached and floating in one player's hands, it can be an instrument of astonishing technical virtuosity in another's.