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Dream Weavers: Charles Lloyd’s Piano Legacy

Keith Jarrett, Jason Moran and Brad Mehldau all apprenticed in his bands

Charles Lloyd and Michel Petrucciani

For almost half a century, Charles Lloyd has had an extraordinary run of luck with piano players. Of course, you make your own luck. The passion and authenticity of Lloyd’s music, and his willingness to trust his pianists, which sets them free, has enabled him to attract the best.

It began with Keith Jarrett in 1965. On Dream Weaver and Love-In, the 21-year-old former Jazz Messenger spilled new ideas torrentially, far from wherever Lloyd had begun. Forest Flower sold a million copies and became an icon of the 1960s. When you listen to the album now, you realize how much of its euphoria, how much of its hypnotic lyrical majesty, came from Jarrett.

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