Week 3 : Charles Lloyd Live February 8, 2016
Ok, I admit, I have a thing for tenor players… So, this week it’s the one and only Charles Lloyd live, February 8, 2016 in Scottsdale, AZ. This set features Bill Frisell on guitar, Reuben Rogers on bass and Eric Harland on drums.
All I can say is, Lloyd is on fire! At 77, it takes him only a minute and a half and the brother was seeing angels or something. For 13 minutes he held the audience hostage as you can hear their captivated yelping and clapping throughout the track. About eight minutes in, it’s another Lloyd blindside as he picked up his flute and contributed a wild, wavy and somewhat abandoned harmony. Minus Frissel, Lloyd came to Portland later that month and I felt a little short changed until I heard this show. All too familiar for jazz at the Newmark Theatre, Lloyd was sophisticated and exceptionally controlled. Now I know why, the cat was tired and winded!! He’d sat most of the show and probably still coming down! All I can say is “this track is hot!”
Frissel is amazing too as he experiments with the Memphis boy (Lloyd) on his Memphis made 1959 Gibson. The collaboration is beautiful as Frissel plays with the vintage hollow body tone combined with various chorus, reverb and echo effects. It’s been said that Frissel is the biggest gearhead in jazz, I can see why. As usual Eric Harland is a beast and his calling of the toms keeps the mood consistent. Reuben Rogers on the bass can be heard although the volume is not clearly picked up. Poor quality with low end capture can result for several reasons. In this case, it’s likely the mic of the smartphone or tablet used doesn’t have the capability.
All that aside, I know you all will enjoy this selection. Afrodaddy’s Jazz Club cannot wait till we get that giant on our stage! We aim high to bring great jazz to NE Portland. And Monk said it best…