Saturday, February 17, 2018

Charles Lloyd - 1970 - In The Soviet Union

Charles Lloyd 
In The Soviet Union: Recorded At The Tallinn Jazz Festival

01. Days And Nights Waiting 6:55
02. Sweet Georgia Bright 18:05
03. Love Song To A Baby 12:22
04. Tribal Dance 10:05

Bass – Ron McClure
Drums – Jack DeJohnette
Sax, Flute – Charles Lloyd
Piano – Keith Jarrett

Recorded at the International Jazz Festival, "Tallinn 1967", Kalevi Sport Hall, Tallinn, Estonia, U.S.S.R., May 14, 1967.

The Charles Lloyd Quartet was (along with Cannonball Adderley's band) the most popular group in jazz during the latter half of the 1960s. Lloyd somehow managed this feat without watering down his music or adopting a pop repertoire. A measure of the band's popularity is that Lloyd and his sidemen (pianist Keith Jarrett, bassist Ron McClure and drummer Jack DeJohnette) were able to have a very successful tour of the Soviet Union during a period when jazz was still being discouraged by the communists. This well-received festival appearance has four lengthy performances including an 18-minute version of "Sweet Georgia Bright" and Lloyd (who has always had a soft-toned Coltrane influenced tenor style and a more distinctive voice on flute) is in top form.

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