Charles Lloyd - Manhattan Stories (2014)

Lloyd, Szabo

Charles Lloyd

Pete La Roca, Gabor Szabo, Ron Carter

Charles Lloyd's status as one of the iconic figures of jazz has been thoroughly established for nearly five decades.  His recordings from the '60's - especially releases such as Of Course, Of Course, Dream Weaver, and Forest Flower - introduced a stunning, new jazz saxophone talent at a time when new ideas were rapidly being triggered by the likes of John Coltrane, Omette Coleman, and Eric Dolphy.

But Lloyd had a voice of his own, one that blended rich, contemplative improvising with an irresistible flow of dynamic rhythms. No wonder Down Beat selected Lloyd as Jazz Artist of the Year in 1967. 

This live 1965 recording from New York’s Judson Hall features Lloyd with his previously unreleased quartet of Gábor Szabó, Ron Carter, & Pete La Roca.

This is a must have for Charles Lloyd fans, jazz collectors & audiophiles.

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"Charles Lloyd was born March 15, 1938 in Memphis, Tennessee. From an early age, he was immersed in that city's rich musical life and was exposed to jazz. He began playing the saxophone at the age of 9. Pianist Phineas Newborn became his mentor, and took him to Irvin Reason for lessons. Lloyd worked in Phineas Sr’s band, and from the age of 12 worked as sideman in the blues bands of B.B. King, Howlin’ Wolf, Johnnie Ace, Bobbie “Blue” Bland, and others. His closest friend in high school was trumpeter, Booker Little. In 1956 Lloyd moved to Los Angeles and earned a Master’s degree from the University of Southern California. During this period Lloyd played in Gerald Wilson’s big band and he also had his own group that included Billy Higgins, Don Cherry, Bobby Hutcherson, and Terry Trotter. Lloyd joined Chico Hamilton in 1960, though the band was known for playing “chamber jazz” at the beginning of Lloyd's tenure. His influence as a composer and a player quickly pushed it in a more progressive post-bop direction especially after Hamilton asked him to be the group’s “music director.” Lloyd's key musical partner in the band was Hungarian guitarist, Gabor Szabo. In 1964 Lloyd left Hamilton's group to join alto saxophonist Cannonball Adderly. During this period he recorded two albums as a leader for Columbia Records, Discovery and Of Course, Of Course; his sidemen were other young musicians including Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams. Through 1965-1969 Lloyd led a quartet with pianist, Keith Jarrett, bassist, Cecil McBee (later, Ron McClure), and drummer, Jack DeJohnette. The quartet's music was an interesting fusion of straight-ahead post-bop, free jazz and world music which quickly caught the attention of both jazz fans and critics. They also achieved a fair amount of crossover success with young rock fans and became the first jazz group to play at The Fillmore. Lloyd’s album Forest Flower, Live at Monterey, became a big commercial hit, largely on the strength of the title track. In 1970, after the quartet disbanded, Lloyd moved back to California and entered a state of semi-retirement. He practically disappeared from the jazz scene, but can be heard on recordings with the Doors, Canned Heat, and the Beach Boys. Occasionally during the 1970s Lloyd played with The Beach Boys; both on their studio recordings and as a member of their touring band. Upon being approached by pianist, Michel Petrucciani in 1981, he resumed playing actively for two years and then retreated again. Upon his recovery from a near death experience in 1986, Lloyd decided to rededicate himself to music."
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Charles Lloyd - Manhattan Stories (2014)

Lloyd, Szabo

Charles Lloyd

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"In most cases, the folklore of a happening is much stronger than the actual event. The "older I get, the better it was" credo applies to so much of the remembered past. Not so for the only documented recordings by Charles Lloyd's Quartet of guitarist Gabor Szabo, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Pete La Roca. Lloyd who, in 1965, had left his residency as musical director for Chico Hamilton and member of Cannonball Adderly's band, gathered Szabó (from Hamilton's employment) and formed this quartet. This short-lived, and until now, unheard quartet is quite the find. Lloyd was confronting the weight of the saxophone innovators John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins, and forging his own path. The live recordings heard here are quite different. "Sweet Georgia Bright" opens The Judson Hall date. The gem here, though, is "How Can I Tell You," his tribute to Billie Holiday. Lloyd begins with the sound of Coltrane's blues to build a cogent and eloquent solo of devastating elegance."

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Charles Lloyd - Manhattan Stories (2014)

Lloyd, Szabo

Charles Lloyd

Analog Recording Equipment:Nagra T, Telefunken EF806Tube
Mastering Engineer:

René Laflamme – Analog Tape to DSD 256 Transfer

Notes:

For the 2xHD transfer of this recording, the original 1/4", 15 IPS NAB Master Tape was played on a Nagra-T modified tape machine with high-end tube playback electronics, wired with OCC Silver Cable from the playback head direct to a Telefunken EF806 Tube. The Nagra-T has one of the best transports ever made, having four direct drive motors, two pinch rollers and a tape tension head. 

We did an Analog Transfer to DSD256 (11.2mHz) using Merging Horus and HAPI A/D converters and a dCS Vivaldi Clock. Each format (DSD 2.8mHz, DSD 5.6 mHz and DSD 11.2 mHz) was created from that transfer.

Producer:Zev Feldman, Dorothy Darr
Recording Engineer:Goerge Klabin, Fran Gala
Recording location:Live at Judson Hall, NYC, September 3, 1965
Recording Type & Bit Rate:Analog to DSD256

This album was recorded to Analog tape. It was then transferred to the DSD bit rate indicated above.

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Sweet Georgia Bright
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How Can I Tell You
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Lady Gabor
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