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June 21 , 2006

Cover stories and raves for Lloyd trio

Charles Lloyd’s “Sangam“, introducing his trio with Zakir Hussain and Eric Harland, has caught the attention of the international press in a big way, and focused new attention on the great tenorist from Memphis, Tennessee.
In April, Lloyd was on the cover of the UK’s Jazzwise.
In July, he is on the front of Downbeat, and “Sangam” is also Jazz Album of the Month in the BBC Music Magazine, where reviewer Roger Thomas writes: ”Even allowing for the diversity of the genre, this is, quite simply, the single best jazz release I’ve heard for months.”

In Downbeat, writer Josef Woodard traces Lloyd’s path from the 1960’s – when his quartet introduced Keith Jarrett and Jack DeJohnette to the world – to the present day.

“Lloyd has built up a powerful poetic body of work on ECM and played with some of the finest and most flexible musicians in jazz including Stenson, Brad Mehldau, John Abercrombie, Larry Grenadier, Billy Hart, Anders Jormin and, in his current quartet, Geri Allen and Harland. Interestingly, despite Lloyd’s longstanding and proudly held license to deviate from norms of structure or strict cultural vocabularies in his music, his freest and most adventurous albums have been released only in the last couple of years. (…) Sangam is the first recording of a trio project originally designated as a tribute to Billy Higgins after his passing. (…) With the albums ‘Which Way Is East’ and ‘Sangam’, Lloyd finally breaks out of the quartet mode which has been his foundation for decades.”

Lloyd, Hussain and Harland play a number of major festivals in the summer and autumn of 2006, with dates in the USA, Turkey, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece and France. More details on our tour pages.