Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Charles Lloyd Performs at the New York Society for Ethical Culture

Charles Lloyd was responsible for a ton of words at the New York Society for Ethical Culture on Saturday night. At the outset of his JVC Jazz Festival concert, he called up Charles Simic, the poet laureate of the United States, who read a handful of nocturnal poems. Later, for a second encore, Mr. Lloyd recited passages from the Bhagavad-Gita over a gentle drone. And during the pauses between songs he was a torrent of allusive patter, drawing on a fount of vintage hipster recollections.

Click here for more on Charles Lloyd at the New York Times.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just had to leave a comment about the concert. It was one of the most moving, poetic and powerfull musical performances I have ever attended. The joyous interplay between all the musicians was a model of what is inspiring and good in jazz. Eric Harlan played with time, making it expand, or at least our awareness of it, with grace and beauty. Reuben was his usual lyrical and soulfull self. Jason is a force of nature, with power, plentiful ideas and a playfull sense that enlivened everyone. Watching all the musicians grin as Charles played, and reach higher and wider with each solo filled the audience with joy and wonder. I ws so moved at the end of the show that I could not leave at first. There were several of us sitting in the auditorium 20 minutes later just difesting what had happened. I was with my family and 2 adult children who, thank god, got what was happening. Charls Lloyd is one of the most complete artists I have ever heard. His poetry, his spirit, his openness filled the hall. What a priveledge it was to be there. The highlight of the JVC Festival, maybe of my music listening life.
Thank you Charles!

8:18 AM  
Blogger Jeffery Morse said...

Total agreement, Anonymous. I'm still reeling in a lot of ways from that very night. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences.

12:52 PM  

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