February 9, 2011 – 3:49 am

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New York 2009 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Highline Ballroom, New York, NY; July 3, 2009. Very good audience recording.

If this was performed by any other musician, albeit a younger one, it would already have been a highly credible show. With 71-year-old saxophonist Charles Lloyd at the helm, and ably supported by pianist Jason Moran, bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Eric Harland, this was quite a feat.

Lloyd may have played with jazz luminaries such as Cannonball Adderley, Chico Hamilton, Keith Jarrett and Jack DeJohnette, and, at one time, his sidemen included Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Tony Williams, Lloyd never became a household name.

This is what Warren Allen wrote of the gig in allaboutjazz:

There was an air of easy grace and self-assurance as [Lloyd] picked up his tarogato and launched into “Ramanujan,” off the quartet’s 2008 album Rabo de Nube. The piece opened with a series of resonant long tones from the instrument, a Hungarian woodwind which here evoked the nasal, vaguely mystical sound of an Indian reed flute. Lit by entering bass and cymbals, these Eastern tones built up into high speed runs, riding the propulsive groove and Harland’s drums. With Lloyd on point, the tune oscillated between Egyptian and funk meditations, building to a free and explosively volatile peak…

The tarogato was then set aside for the remainder of the concert, as the tenor sax took the fore. Billy Strayhorn’s “Blood Count” emphasized the lush, romantic melody with a beautiful altissimo sigh at the end. Rolling flourishes of piano gave way to beautiful exploratory sax balladry on par with Lloyd’s early influence, tenor saxophonist John Coltrane. This was deeply earnest playing, full of vocalizations that rose and fell on the beats of the rhythm section…

For the encore, Lloyd and Co. returned to the stage with an arrangement of the traditional “The Water Is Wide.” Rogers broke out a funky intro with drums, and Lloyd scattered cool, flitting tones from his tenor. The song took on a soft, mellow yet earthy soul feel that got a clap going in the audience. When Lloyd stepped up to solo, he wailed. His sheets of sound and altissimo vocalizations were like joyous blasts of song, thrust out one after another with all the honk and happiness of an R&B bar walker.
Click here for the full write-up.

Thanks to ahess247 for taping and sharing the tracks on Dime.

Progressive post-bop anyone?

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1
Track 01. Ramanujan - 12:20 (20.7MB)
Track 02. Blood Count - 6:44 (10.8MB)
Track 03. Blow Wind - 12:26 (20.9MB)
Track 04. Tone Poem - 18:40 (31.4MB)

Disc 2
Track 05. Passin’ Through - 9:59 (16.0MB)
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Track 06. Rabo De Nube - 9:03 (14.5MB)
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Track 07. The Water Is Wide - 10:55 (18.4MB)
Track 08. Booker’s Garden - 10:15 (17.2MB)

Charles Lloyd - tarogato (1), tenor saxophone, alto flute (8)
Jason Moran - piano
Reuben Rogers - bass
Eric Harland - drums

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  1. 5 Responses to “CHARLES LLOYD - NEW YORK 2009”

  2. hey bigo, will get it. thanks!!!

    i have one lloyd album on ecm called sangam that is good. check it out.


    By Ed Saad on Feb 9, 2011

  3. hey bigo, i got all 8 tracks and split it into two cd’s. i’ll play it walking shortly. it’s 29 degrees outside. i bundle up so it’s not so bad. i warm up pretty quick.


    By Ed Saad on Feb 9, 2011

  4. This is really a gem.
    Thanks so much (again).
    It amazes me that I have never even heard this guy’s name before, not sure how I missed it as I am a fan of this type of Jazz. I expect to be adding some of his recordings to my growing collection.

    By xavieronassis on Feb 10, 2011

  5. The Charles Lloyd is just tremendous–thank you! I sure would like to hear some of his earlier recordings on your list, like the 1996 concert at the Iridium in NYC with Michel Petrucciani. I’ve been told it’s excellent, but I’ve never been able to find it anywhere.

    By Marcobar on Feb 19, 2011

  6. This looks great, but the megaupload links are obviously dead and the other links are only available if you register, which for the paranoid amongst us is not ideal. Can you help?

    By krender on Apr 24, 2013

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