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Charles Lloyd was born March 15, 1938 in Memphis, Tennessee. From an early age, he was immersed in that city's rich musical life and was exposed to jazz. He began playing the saxophone at the age of 9. Pianist Phineas Newborn became his mentor, and took him to Irvin Reason for lessons. Lloyd worked in Phineas Sr’s band, and from the age of 12 worked as sideman in the blues bands of ... Read more in Amazon's Charles Lloyd Store

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  • Audio CD (27 Nov. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Msi Music/Super D
  • ASIN: B000IJ7IZS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,623,877 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By activator on 8 Sept. 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I was 21 when I bought this album...........I lent it to a friend..never got it back . Many years later I bought it again on a visit to San Francisco .......I wore the vinyl out....I knew every note , every bend of every note. Then in came cds and I stopped playing vinyl and replaced most of my fave records with the cd version.
Today well over 30 years later the cd version arrived ( I ordered it 2 days ago) and its still as vital and amazing as it was then when I had a lot more hair!..Bliss
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sentinel TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Nov. 2010
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I have a wide selection of Lloyd's studio albums, mainly on ECM, but this was my first exposure to his sixties 'supergroup' featuring Jarrett and DeJohnette. Much more importantly however, the bulk of this double album is culled from two live concerts, at Monterey and New York. The excitement, sense of bubbling discovery, and above all the joyful swinging ensemble work, is both compelling and totally infectious. There are two versions of 'Forest Flower' here, separated by two years (66 & 68), both equally valid and worthwhile, though the sheer joyous discovery of the earlier performance is exhilirating. For me, the standout performances have to be Lloyd on sax and flute (a sad omission now), with a soaring, thrilling range, and Jarrett with some majestical flourishes, both orthodox and otherwise. The rhythm section play their part in grounding all of this so seamlessly. To hear the likes of 'Voice in the Night' and 'Sombrero Sam' live is tremendously exciting, and a vivid contrast with the more poised 'chamber jazz' effect of the studio recordings. An absolutely essential purchase, guaranteed to make you smile.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "jimmac103" on 14 Feb. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Charles Lloyd's set at the Monterey festival summed up the end of the decade, full of love and joy and improvisation. The addition of Keith Jarrett's piano rendered it one of the best festival pieces of all time. The warmth of Lloyd's sax and the freedom of Jarrett's piano were an unsurpassed combination that brought to me, and many others, the spirit of the times. You didn't have to live on the "west coast" to know what was going on, you just had to pop it on your deck and drop the needle on the vinyl. Those days won't come again. Superb!
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By Otto el piloto on 25 Aug. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is among the best of Lloyd from the early days.
Beautiful and poetic jazz that can be recommended to anyone who are interested this kind of music.
As a bonus, one can also hear Keith Jarret on piano before he became a superstar.
Charles Lloyd is one of the few old guys that still have the energy for giving great concerts,
and he sometimes still plays Forest flower.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Late 60's jazz classic 4 Sept. 2003
By Edward M. Green - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
There is a reason for only 5 star reviews for this cd. It is one of the most accessible jazz cd's for those starting an interest in jazz. The music is like a more mellow, bluesy interpretation of Coltrane and modal jazz styles of the 60's. This is one of those cds that resulted in a crossover hippie and college-aged audience, and as a result, this album and the charles lloyd quartet was the most successful jazz group at that time. The opening title tracks are the most interesting and accessible, and don't sound that far off from the psychedelic rock that was merging with jazz at that time. In fact, Miles was inspired enough by this group to borrow some of the personnel for his electronic explorations. The rhythm section is one of the better ones still around with Jack Dejohnette, Gary Peacock, and Keith Jarrett. Charles Lloyd might not be as famous now, but his more laidback, breathy interpretation of Coltrane, and his less derivative flute playing fit in perfectly with the Jarrett and Dejohnette. This is one of those cds that non-jazz fans ask me to copy for them when they first hear it. It opens non-jazz fans to new styles...like Coltrane, and 60's jazz and soul jazz.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Timeless Music 8 May 2000
By Enrique Torres - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I picked this up recently as I only had the original version as a LP on vynyl. It was like meeting an old friend again and finding that you still have much in common. I can only guess that I have heard this song hundreds of times throughout the many years since it was originally released. I never get tired of it. The title track is one of the best songs ever penned or performed by Charles Lloyd. His sax style is completly unique, although some people have compared him to Trane. When he does sound like Trane he immediately lets you know that he has his own voice. He hits soft notes at times that sound so beautiful and yet exhilirating . The tonal quality of his playing almost sounds like he is playing an alto rather than a tenor. The musical call and response performed betweeen Lloyd and Keith Jarrett is fabulous. Keith's plucking of the interior of the piano is unforgetable. The transition from "Sunrise" to "Sunset" is suttle but if you listen carefully you can figure it out. The music on the title track is so catchy that once you've heard it you will always remember it. If you have never heard this song do yourself a favor and listen to what is considered Charles Lloyd's classic composition. I guarantee you'll listen to this particular song more that once upon purchase, you'll play it several times immediately to experience the highs and lows of the "Sunrise" and "Sunset". This is also a good buy as you get two CD's actually. You can experience some more of his offerings and another interpretation of "Forest Flower" that was recorded in 1969, three years after the original at the Monterey Jazz Festival.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
White wine & green grapes 28 Aug. 2000
By pearl cleage - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I first heard this album when I was an undergraduate student at Howard University. I was in the apartment of a friend who was our first real bohemian. She served white wine with green grapes in the bottom of the glasses and told us this album would change our lives. I don't know about that, but it made a big impression on me and I rushed out to buy it immediately.I've carried it with me ever since and at least two or three days a week, I put it on when I first wake up to start the day off right. It is, of course, scratchy beyond repair at this point. Finding it on CD is such a wonderful gift and guarantees another 30 years of good morning sunshine!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
transcendent, magical journey of sunrise, sunset 15 Aug. 2002
By rtistelle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is one of my all time favorite jazz cds. I have the original vinyl, scratched as it has played so often. Now I am grateful for the remaster on cd.
I was introduced to this by a jazz drummer (who became my fiance), and he said it was the best music to accompany love-making.
I was entranced. The great musicianship of jazz dynamos Lloyd, Jarrett, DeJohnette is a thrilling combination. The lyrical style, the Trane-like free form, the interplay of Lloyd and Jarett, are uplifting with some of the steps leading to a spirit evoking transcendence. It produces a gritty giddy sweetness in those reached for notes. (What build up to those high reaching notes! ah,sigh) Sunrise, sunset flow into each other with a subtlety.
It is a great cd for captivating a jazz start up collection, and intricate enough to satisfy the seasoned jazz buff. Don't hesitate but get this; don't breathe but get this. You won't be disappointed.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
In full bloom 20 Nov. 2010
By Sentinel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have a wide selection of Lloyd's studio albums, mainly on ECM, but this was my first exposure to his sixties 'supergroup' featuring Jarrett and DeJohnette. Much more importantly however, the bulk of this double album is culled from two live concerts, at Monterey and New York. The excitement, sense of bubbling discovery, and above all the joyful swinging ensemble work, is both compelling and totally infectious. There are two versions of 'Forest Flower' here, separated by two years (66 & 68), both equally valid and worthwhile, though the sheer joyous discovery of the earlier performance is exhilirating. For me, the standout performances have to be Lloyd on sax and flute (a sad omission now), with a soaring, thrilling range, and Jarrett with some majestical flourishes, both orthodox and otherwise. The rhythm section play their part in grounding all of this so seamlessly. To hear the likes of 'Voice in the Night' and 'Sombrero Sam' live is tremendously exciting, and a vivid contrast with the more poised 'chamber jazz' effect of the studio recordings. An absolutely essential purchase, guaranteed to make you smile.
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