Charles Lloyd - Dream Weaver - The Atlantic Years 1966-69
Saxophonist Charles Lloyd is now a respected elder statesman in jazz circles, but in the late 60s his group with pianist Keith Jarrett and drummer Jack DeJohnette was making inroads into the rock audience with appearances at venues like the Fillmore and a series of albums that included Dream Weaver, Love-In and Forest Flower, prior to the Memphis-born saxophonist’s decade-long withdrawal from music in the early 70s. Jazz purists didn’t always like what they heard from the band, but their trademark fusion of post-bop and free jazz, with influences from Indian music, made them one of the most celebrated and talked about groups of the day. This two-disc anthology provides a snapshot of their work in the period that illustrates both their merits and weaknesses.
Their free-wheeling invention is often powerful and even exhilarating, but can turn a bit aimless at times, and Lloyd’s fondness for the flute – along with some of the music – now sounds a little dated.