8: Kindred Spirits (Live From the Lobero)

8: Kindred Spirits (Live From the Lobero)

When tenor saxophonist Charles Lloyd turned 80, he made sure to mark the occasion with an epic concert at Santa Barbara’s Lobero Theatre. His youthful quintet Kindred Spirits is anchored by his longstanding New Quartet rhythm section (bassist Reuben Rogers, drummer Eric Harland), but with them are pianist Gerald Clayton and guitarist Julian Lage, both newer arrivals to the Lloyd universe and major leaders in their own right. Clayton imaginatively inhabits a space once filled by his predecessor, Jason Moran, while Lage (playing a Telecaster) follows in a line of acclaimed Lloyd guitar sidemen (John Abercrombie, Bill Frisell, and Gabor Szabo). Playing tried-and-true Lloyd repertoire beginning with “Dream Weaver,” the title track of his first Atlantic LP from ’66, and ending with the abstract, explosive “Part 5, Ruminations,” Kindred Spirits captures the essence of Lloyd’s mystical jazz vision, and gives it new, forward-thinking shape as well.

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