Friday, June 02, 2006


Listen up: Charles Lloyd has long ago passed into ‘legendary’ status in the jazz community, and he stands on a par with any living musician, and quite a few who have already passed away as well. Ultimately, his influence on the music is enormous, from the peaceful, spiritual bent of his music, to his continued ability to produce fresh, high-quality music, to his tenor playing itself, muscular and roiled with post-Coltrane freedom, yet also lyrical and mystical. That even a musician of Lloyd’s advancing age and experience can find an idea fascinating and become re-invigorated by it is certainly an inspiration for the rest of us.

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