Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Charles Lloyd - Of Course Of Course (feat. Gabor Szabo)

Charles Lloyd's second album as a leader teams him with guitarist Gabor Szabo (his old friend from the Chico Hamilton group), bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Tony Williams. Although Lloyd was still a member of Cannonball Adderley's group, his playing on the set shows that he was clearly ready to become a leader. Seven of the nine diverse compositions are his originals; he takes "The Things We Did Last Summer" as a duet with Szabo and rips through "Apex," a trio number without the guitarist, but it is this cut most certainly reflects Ornette Coleman's influence (whereas Lloyd and everyone else who played tenor were being written about in the shadow of Coltrane). Certainly Coltrane's flurry of notes and deconstruction of chords is evident in places, but here, it is Coleman's unshakable sense of melody and rhyme that is most prevalent, and it sports is a brief but wonderfully woody solo by Carter. Other notable selections include "Goin' to Memphis" and Sammy Kahn's "Things We Did Last Summer" (where, according to Stanley Crouch's new liner notes, the saxophonist directly quotes the melody of Coleman's "Free at 3:00 of..."). Other cuts that really stand out here are the title track and the serious blowing session of "One for Joan," where the twinning and counterpoint interplay between Szabo and Lloyd is almost synchronous. Whether on tenor or flute, Lloyd was quickly coming into his own as an original voice, and this underrated set is a minor classic. [In 2007, Mosaic Records in its Singles series, reissued the recording for the first time on CD. In addition to a beautiful remastering job that is warm and clean, there are three bonus tracks also recorded in 1965 but not released until Lloyd's Nirvana album in 1968. Two of these, "Island Blues," and "Sun Dance" feature Albert Stinson on bass and Pete La Roca on drums in place of Carter and Williams. Another oddity is that in addition to Szabo's guitar playing, the Band's Robbie Robertson makes an appearance on the Caribbean-flavored latter tune. The other bonus cut, "East of the Sun and West of the Moon," uses the primary rhythm section, and was recorded for the original session, and left off the final version of the LP.]
Scott Yanow and Thom Jurek

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:fxfixqqgldfe

Charles Lloyd
Of Course, Of Course


1 Of Course, Of Course (Lloyd)  4:45
2 The Song My Lady Sings (Lloyd)  2:28
3 The Best Thing for You (Berlin )  5:18
4 The Things We Did Last Summer (Cahn, Styne)  6:08
5 Apex (Lloyd)  3:59
6 One for Joan (Lloyd)  5:07
7 Goin' to Memphis (Lloyd)  3:38
8 Voice in the Night (Lloyd)  6:44
9 Third Floor Richard (Lloyd)  6:16
10 East of the Sun (And West of the Moon) [*] (Bowman)  4:54
11 Island Blues [*] (Lloyd)  3:25
12 Sun Dance [*] (Lloyd)  3:32

*Bonus Tracks


[# 1-10]
Charles Lloyd - ts & fl

Gabor Szabo - g
Ron Carter - b
Tony Williams - dr
[# 11-12]

Same as above except 
Albert Stinson - b replaces Carter
Pete LaRoca - dr replaces Williams
Robbie Robertson - g is added on # 12

Recorded at Columbia Studio A, New York City ; May 8, 1964 [# 2, 3, 4 7 & 10] ; March 8, 1965 [# 1, 5, 6, 8 & 9] ; & October 15, 1965 [# 11-12]


stringbender said...

This looks very interesting. Thank you for posting it.

sasha said...

Great session! As much for the incomparable bass and drum team moonlighting from Miles as anything else..Rare to hear them playing apart from a pianist..So many awesome moments on this date..The interplay between Lloyd and Gabor is almost telepathic at times..And the ability of Carter and Williams to turn on a sixpence can be heard throughout this date.

itr said...

Wow, a big surprise. It's a hard to find gem. Many thanks.

Rev. Dr. Moller. MDMA, THC and BAR. said...

This looks like it's going to be great, thanks very much.

VeryBlasted said...


swingingduck said...

Thank you very much.

Anonymous said...

Well 3 bonus track not bad, For me is this a must.
I appreciated it Melo... my thanks to you


grumpy said...

Many thanks. Strange to hear Gabor playing with Miles' rhythm duo.

porco rosso said...

Many thanks for the possibility to upgrade! Although i love this i've always been to grasping to purchase it.

Philo said...

Charles Lloyd Quartet - Of Course, Of Course (1965)

I have this as an LP. It's nice to hear the remastered version.


hulaboy said...

Thanks - teenage Tony's great on Apex.

FrankDell said...

Always great to hear Gabor. Thank you Mel.

apf said...

Thank you!

El Tortuga said...

much appreciated, thank you Melanchthon.

Melanchthon said...


danair said...

Missed this one Mel,thanks very much.

steve said...

Great personnel Mel! ANYTHING with Tony Williams gets my attention . . . and Lloyd is a beast. Thanks for this listen!

deGallo said...

Marvelous! Thank you.

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks for yet another re-up Mel!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You