Once I was wandering through the jazz section of a local CD store when I saw a display that featured a come-on along the lines of, "a new recording by America's premier (or some work to that effect--maybe it was "greatest" or "best") jazz saxophonist." Now, I'm not going to say who the artist was, but that he was not Charles Lloyd made the advertising claim a misleading one (and I'm sure that fans of Arthur Blythe, Sonny Rollins, Chico Freeman, David Murray, Branford Marsalis, and a few other folks would feel similarly misled).
But on another wander through a CD store, I happened upon this re-release of two of Lloyd's early recordings from the `60s. Just Before Sunrise is actually a two-CD compilation of two Charles Lloyd Quartet recordings, Dream Weaver (1966) and Love-In (1967), the latter a live-concert recording made at the Fillmore Auditorium--in fact, it was the first live recording ever made at the Fillmore. Summer of Love, baby! With then-youngsters Jack DeJohnette on drums and Keith Jarrett on piano, this was one heck of a quartet whether anchored on bass by Cecil McBee (on Dream Weaver) or by Ron McLure (Love-In).
The sound quality on Dream Weaver is pretty good but not outstanding for a studio recording, while the live sound on Love-In is about what you would expect for a live recording--Lloyd's sax and flute given prominence, with Jarrett's piano usually pretty well in the background. DeJohnette's energetic drumming is able to fight its way through the mix, but McClure's bass sounds pretty light.
For fans who have been turned on to Lloyd's music by his work on ECM, this set gives a perspective on what he was doing three decades ago. Not quite as sublime as his ECM work, but very enjoyable nonetheless.