Charles Lloyd - Trios: Ocean LP
Blue Note, 2022
Charles Lloyd has long been a free spirit, master musician, and visionary. For more than 6 decades the legendary saxophonist and composer has loomed large over the music world, and at 84 years old he remains at the height of his powers and as prolific as ever. As a sound seeker, Lloyd’s restless creativity has perhaps found no greater manifestation than on his latest masterwork Trio of Trios, an expansive project that encompasses three albums, each a deft change of musical context that presents him in a different trio setting.
The second album in the series Trios: Ocean was recorded in the 150-year-old Lobero Theater in Lloyd’s hometown of Santa Barbara, California. It was live-streamed without an audience on September 9, 2020, during the first year of the global pandemic. Lloyd was joined by Gerald Clayton on piano and Anthony Wilson on guitar, both sons of famous musician fathers — Gerald is the son of West Coast bass legend John Clayton, while Anthony is the son of celebrated bandleader, trumpeter, and composer Gerald Wilson, in whose big band Lloyd once played when he moved from Memphis to study at the University of Southern California when in his teens.
TracklistA1: The Lonely One (Lloyd) 12:16
A2: Hagar and the Inuits (Lloyd) 8:46
B1: Jaramillo Blues (For Virginia and Danny) 10:01
B2: Isa Wind (Lloyd) 10:03