Sunday, October 23, 2005

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How or when did you first discover jazz? It was all around me. All my uncles and relatives would play records - my cousin Longino used to play Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole, Lionel Hampton, Billie Holiday, Prez, Dizzy, Louis Armstrong...all kinds of stuff. For me it was one of the wonders of the world. The expression of flight, brilliance, pure elixir.

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Charles Lloyd at London Jazz Festival in November

Describing his music as having always ’danced on many shores’, Lloyd has always probed the widest possible musical territory; this trio with tabla maestro Zakir Hussain and the terrific young drummer Eric Harland takes him into yet new territory.

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Charls Lloyd at

During 1966-69 Charles Lloyd led one of the most popular groups in jazz, a unit that played at the rock palace Fillmore West in San Francisco and toured the U.S.S.R. Lloyd's music, although generally a bit melodic, was not watered-down and managed to catch on for several years during a time when jazz was at its low point in popularity . . .

~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

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