Valentine's Charles Lloyd live from the Lobero triple-album tantalises

Recorded in Santa Barbara at the Lobero the saxophone shaman, icon of the music and inspiration firstly to the generation that turned on, tuned in and dropped out – and to the sky-dreamers since inspired by his rebirth ushered in by Michel …

Published: 12 Jan 2020. Updated: 4 months.

Recorded in Santa Barbara at the Lobero the saxophone shaman, icon of the music and inspiration firstly to the generation that turned on, tuned in and dropped out – and to the sky-dreamers since inspired by his rebirth ushered in by Michel Petrucciani who made a pilgrimage to coax the saxophonist out of retirement and express himself to the world once again initially on the ECM label, the great Memphisian Charles Lloyd is on homesoil in California on this upcoming triple album 8: Kindred Spirits (Live From the Lobero) a concert that in 2018 marked his 80th birthday and which is to be released on St Valentine's day.

Personnel joining the Forest Flower legend include guitarist Julian Lage, pianist Gerald Clayton, bassist Reuben Rogers, and drummer Eric Harland + the 'Green Onions' organist Booker T. Jones and bassist Don Was, best known for his tenure in Was (Not Was) and as president of the issuing label Blue Note, Kindred Spirits is to be released in different versions including a limited-edition boxset containing 3-LPs, 2-CDs, DVD + book and special commemorative prints.

Photo of Charles Lloyd: Blue Note/Universal

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'Peaceable' is a priority

KVL? Completely new to me. Their debut Volume 1 came out on Astral Spirits well before the yule. Based in Chicago, 'K' is drummer Quin Kirchner; 'V', pianist Daniel Van Duerm; 'L', bassist Matthew Lux. The track that turned me on a lot here is the …

Published: 11 Jan 2020. Updated: 4 months.

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KVL? Completely new to me. Their debut Volume 1 came out on Astral Spirits well before the yule. Based in Chicago, 'K' is drummer Quin Kirchner; 'V', pianist Daniel Van Duerm; 'L', bassist Matthew Lux. The track that turned me on a lot here is the one featuring trumpeter Jaimie Branch, who they surround empathetically with their congenial notion of space, guesting on 'Peaceable'. She sounds like the much missed Tomasz Stańko to me on this superb track. The trio on their own have a swirling, open sound, moving in from the margins, the improvising given plenty of room, the music allowed to breathe as they play rhythm and deftly unpeel motifs and marinade the mood. SG