Artist: Charles Lloyd New Quartet
Album: Passin’ Thru
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz
Size: 1.43 GB
Label: Blue Note Records
Listening to a new Charles Lloyd is always a guaranteed ticket on an inspired and spiritual inner journey. Not far off his 80th birthday, the Memphis saxophonist is still ploughing his furrow, never straying from the task or leaving her listeners cold. On stage, the experience takes on an additional aspect. That’s proven on Passin’ Thru recorded live in summer 2016 on the stage of the Montreux Jazz Festival and at Lensic in Santa Fe alongside her New Quartet which is made up of bassist Reuben Rogers, drummer Eric Harland and pianist Jason Moran. This recording was brought out by the label Blue Note and marks this untouchable outfit’s tenth birthday. The menu of this improvised feast includes more recent themes, but older ones too, like Passin’ Thru for which the record is named and which Lloyd first recorded in 1963 with the Chico Hamilton quintet. The quartet have always played a pretty essential role in the saxophonist’s career. It had its first incarnation in 1965 with Keith Jarrett on the piano, Cecil McBee on the double bass and Jack DeJohnette on the drums. Even if Lloyd would regularly return to this configuration, he considers the present New Quartet to be one of his most accomplished. “From the notes of our first concert, I knew that it was a magical formation.” Ten years later, the closeness and the tenor of the exchanges between the four musicians is intense. Here and there, Charles Lloyd blows up a few storms whose secrets are all his own, and which he plays with a beatific pleasure.