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Charles Lloyd 80th Birthday Concert to Be Commemorated with Live Album

Blue Note will release 8: Kindred Spirits (Live from the Lobero) on Feb. 14

The deluxe edition of 8: Kindred Spirits (Live at the Lobero by Charles Lloyd
The limited-edition box of 8: Kindred Spirits (Live from the Lobero) by Charles Lloyd

Blue Note Records has set Feb. 14 as the release date for 8: Kindred Spirits (Live from the Lobero), a live album by legendary saxophonist/composer and NEA Jazz Master Charles Lloyd. Named for the number of decades Lloyd has lived, the album documents his 80th birthday concert from March 2018, performed at the historic Lobero Theatre in his hometown of Santa Barbara, California. Joining Lloyd at the birthday celebration (and on the record) was his Kindred Spirits quintet, comprising guitarist Julian Lage, pianist Gerald Clayton, bassist Reuben Rogers, and drummer Eric Harland, as well as two special guests: legendary organist Booker T. Jones and bassist Don Was, who is also the president of Blue Note Records.

Requiem,” the first single from 8, was released today as digital audio. Blue Note has also put out a video of the song’s performance, which can be viewed here.

The full album’s release will feature multiple editions. There will be two standard physical editions, LP/DVD and CD/DVD, as well as a digital edition, all of which will feature the concert’s first set. The entire concert will be available in a limited-edition boxed set that offers the music in both 3-LP and 2-CD packages, as well as a DVD, a 96-page hardcover book, and two photo prints.

8: Kindred Spirits (Live from the Lobero)’s track listing for the complete performance is as follows:

  1. Dream Weaver
  2. Requiem
  3. La Llorona
  4. Part5, Ruminations
  5. Abide with Me
  6. A Song for Charles
  7. Island Blues
  8. Shenandoah
  9. Sombrero Sam
  10. Green Onion
  11. Forest Flower
  12. You Are So Beautiful

Lloyd will also be touring the U.S. in the spring of 2020 in four different configurations, including duo performances with Gerald Clayton; his Americana-influenced band Charles Lloyd and the Marvels, which will feature singer Lucinda Williams on several dates; and Kindred Spirits, featuring the band that appears on 8. The current touring schedule is:

March 20 – Detroit Philharmonic – Detroit, MI (with Gerald Clayton)
March 22 – The Athenaeum – La Jolla, CA (with Gerald Clayton)
March 24 – MIM – Scottsdale, AZ (with Gerald Clayton)
April 13 – Lobero Theatre – Santa Barbara, CA (with the Marvels)
April 17 – Flynn Center – Burlington, VT (with the Marvels feat. Lucinda Williams)
April 19 – Strathmore – North Bethesda, MD (with the Marvels feat. Lucinda Williams)
April 21 – Keswick Center – Glenside, PA (with the Marvels feat. Lucinda Williams)
April 23 – Blue Note Jazz Club – New York, NY (with the Marvels)
April 24 – Blue Note Jazz Club – New York, NY (Charles Lloyd New Quartet)
April 25 – Blue Note Jazz Club – New York, NY (with Kindred Spirits)
April 26 – Blue Note Jazz Club – New York, NY (with Kindred Spirits)
April 28 – The Dakota – Minneapolis, MN (with Kindred Spirits)
May 31 – Healdsburg Jazz Festival – Healdsburg, CA (with Kindred Spirits)
July 5 – Love Supreme Festival – Sussex, UK (with Kindred Spirits)
July 14 – Molde Jazz Festival – Molde, Norway (with Kindred Spirits)
July 16 – Pori Jazz Festival – Pori, Finland (with Kindred Spirits)