Personalities | Charles Lloyd | Sixties | Jazz & Blues
(Various saxophones, b. 1938)
Charles Lloyd was an inspirational figure in 1960s jazz and was also enthusiastically embraced by the hippy culture. He moved from playing blues in Memphis to West Coast jazz with Gerald Wilson and Chico Hamilton. His quartet with pianist Keith Jarrett, bassist Ron McClure and drummer Jack DeJohnette was the first American jazz group to tour the Soviet Union. In 1969 he retired to teach transcendental meditation, before returning triumphantly at the 1982 Montreux Jazz Festival. Lloyd has since made a series of excellent albums for ECM.
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