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Charles Lloyd: Into the Wild

Journeying onto untouched musical terrain

Charles Lloyd and Michel Petrucciani
Charles Lloyd
Charles Lloyd (2nd from left) and his New Quartet: Jason Moran (piano), Reuben Rogers (bass) and Eric Harland (on drums, obscured), Village Vanguard, NYC in March 2015.
Charles Lloyd premieres his "Wild Man Dance Suite" in Wroclaw, Poland, November 2013
Charles Lloyd and Gabor Szabo (l. to r.) in the mid-'60s
Charles Lloyd, Skopje Jazz Festival, Oct. 2011

Taking the bandstand at the Village Vanguard last March, Charles Lloyd seemed unconcerned with the historic nature of the occasion-it was, after all, his first appearance at the legendary club in more than 40 years, on a day that also happened to mark his 77th birthday. (In February, the venue turned 80.) But it was obvious that Lloyd had a few things on his mind.

As his New Quartet bandmates-pianist Jason Moran, bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Eric Harland, reunited after a year without playing together-took their spots, the bandleader was intent on opening their second set the same way they had the first, with an unfinished movement from his Wild Man Dance, the title suite of his new album, his first as a reignited Blue Note recording artist. They’d gotten somewhere new with the piece in the first set, he insisted, and he was determined to push further down that path.

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