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Charles Lloyd New Quartet: Live at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Review of performance on January 29, 2011 at Rose Hall

Charles Lloyd Quartet (L to R: Lloyd, Reuben Rogers, Jason Moran and Eric Harland)

Jazz fans and critics were already aboard the Charles Lloyd New Quartet bandwagon, particularly since the newness of the quartet is upheld by pathfinding pianist Jason Moran, who was just eight days past his 36th birthday-and still comfortably less than half the leader’s age – when the Quartet headlined at Frederick P. Rose Hall. Whether they dipped into recorded rep or unveiled new work, results were bound to please at the Rose, which is nearly as much a Cadillac among jazz concert venues as Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, down the hall, is among jazz clubs.

Mostly, it was the printed program that marred an otherwise impeccable Jazz at Lincoln Center event. We expect embellishments, fabulations, and inaccuracies in these booklets to be confined to the advertising. Allowing for the vagueness of “selections will be announced from the stage,” standard enough for a jazz concert, we should be able to rely all-the-more on the other paltry info set to print. If a 15-minute intermission is specified, there should be one; and if we read “CHARLES LLOYD, Tenor and Alto Saxophone, Flute, Tárogató,” we reasonably expect Lloyd to play all these instruments, not merely bring them onto the stage.

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