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Charles Lloyd: Manhattan Stories

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The claims that producers make for their own projects cannot always be taken straight to the bank, but Zev Feldman’s remark about Manhattan Stories is provocative: “This just might be the holy grail for longtime Charles Lloyd fans like myself who think they’ve heard it all.”

The saxophonist’s career has been well documented. His voluminous discography on the ECM label alone is one of the permanent bodies of work in modern jazz. But we had not “heard it all.” The quartet on Manhattan Stories, with guitarist Gábor Szabó, bassist Ron Carter and drummer Pete LaRoca, left behind no known recordings. Until now. The contents of this two-disc set come from performances in two long-defunct venues, one civilized and patrician (Judson Hall, across 57th Street from Carnegie Hall), one not (Slugs’ Saloon, in the mean streets of the East Village).

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