Of Course, Of Course...
A Tim Price wordsong....
for Charles Lloyd...
This mans career speaks volumes !
To me , his tenor saxophone playing is a
treasure of purest thought.
The power in his message , coupled with his spiritual
force , defines the essence of creativity at it's
Charles buoyancy and brimming energy are
What he has achieved - is the testament of a free
spirit who grew thru the inspirations and influences
of tradition to find within himself his own kind of
musical paradise .
Last year, I went to Montgomery Community College
outside Philly to hear my deep inspiration Charles Lloyd.
I've been on the path of visiting Charles music "live" as much as I can.
I heard him in " North Sea" in the Hague, I had my artist pass, because I was playing there myself , the inspiration flowed.
And last winter at the start of this year I heard
him at the "Blue Note" in NyC.
The band w/ Geri Allen, Robert Hurst & Eric Harland..is exactly that- a solid
~WORKING~band that plays together. A lesson as well.......WORKING BAND. Dig that.
To use a term Charles uses to describe the music when it's
really burning and
happening..." They are up in there".
That same term...could be used for Charles.
The moment he walks on the bandstand...YOU CAN FEEL
It's like watching the sun come up!!! And, you know as your watching...a
journey IS going to happen.
This music Charles is into is a story renewed and
revitalized. The man’s
voice is without a doubt essential to every era of jazz he's been involved in.
You can go and just listen to the warmth and joie de vive as he wraps his sound
around the rollicking, blues -tinged “Third Floor Richard”.
When Charles Lloyd plays the blues- LOOK
OUT. Memphis here you come ! (smile)
Mr. Lloyds voice has rarely sounded so committed
and assured.But that has
always been his stance!! COMMITTMENT.
When he put his instruments to his mouth...WOW. I can only say that I know why I've been digging this man all my life musically.
His ART has touched my heart.
Lloyd’s voice on flute has taken on a
deeper, darker hue.Last night he was
using an alto flute and the sound dimension was seamless and energizing.
The blues feeling is ever-present in all he does
and as I said..It's like watching
the sun come up.
On other gigs I've heard him play
the living daylights out of a
That instrument that has a cool story to it.
Charles describes it in his unique manner as a gypsy came to his hotel in
Hungary with the instrument- what a vibe that
Other times~I dug him playing a Chinese instrument called a ~ SONA ~
Most often called a musette.
The sound of his tenor sax is just perfect. He is- UP IN THERE.
There was a part of a duo between
Charles and Jeri Allen on piano
on his tune.." Sweet Georgia Bright"...that he just went to a place that is
not visited by many saxophone players these days.
Then the band comes in and he just put the burn on- AND KEEPS IT THERE .
His use of motifs as improv building blocks in his solos is something to
study. He never crowds a solo with so many notes that it sounds like it's so dense
you cant't hear the fabric of his thoughts.
YET- he really has some amazing sax chops and the stuff he plays just knocks
While John Abercrombie is as
consistent and alluring as always, the real
surprise is Jeri Allen; Allen has always been an excellent pianist, but this
set places her in a more experimental context, and she confidently meets the
And there is no lack of swing; with a bassist and drummer like Robert Hurst &
Eric Harland it's there in aces.
What makes this band outstanding is the aforementioned empathy; this is no
simple case of a band where one player supports the other; this is a constant
conversation between sympaticos, with each player making suggestions to the
other, and the other providing both response and further direction.
Charles Lloyd is more than just a saxophone
He's a man who has committed his life to enhancing jazz through originality and
honesty.I can only tell you
that you need to hear him.If you don't..it's your loss.
This_LEGEND_ is really playing something.........
Go dig him back in the 60s with Chico
Hamilton or Cannonball. He came up in
an era when you had to be yourself & be playing OR you heard about it from the other musicians.
Right there-on the gig.Old school, the
After the gig Charles & I got a chance
to talk about the music and life.I sat
with him as he expounded about many things;
- His love of Prez
- How every show he's played on this tour has been sold out.
- His love of Conn tenors...and how Prez "comes to visit him" when he plays
the Conn tenor
-How he wanted to marry Ladyday as a young boy.
He sat signing autographs at the skirt
of the stage....warmly shaking peoples
hands and really glad people came out.
I mean...lets face
it...that record " Of Course, Of Course"...hearing it as a
teenager just made me realize many things.
Other things Charles talked about
were...a new ECM duo record recorded in his
home in Big Sur with him a Master Billy Higgins.
Which will also be out on DVD!! Both are coming out soon.
But.....the MUSIC.....I haven't heard anyone playing like that in a long
Charles is one of the deep springs of
concept / lineage ....and in a deep spring you always find
the purest water.
His music is just that- A VITAL & INEXHAUSTIBLY REFRESHING SOURCE.