Sunday, June 19, 2016

Charles lloyd - Dream Weaver

The first studio date of the Charles Lloyd Quartet, with Keith Jarrett, Cecil McBee, and Jack DeJohnette, was recorded and released just a few days before the band took both the European and American festival circuits by storm. First came Europe, which was just getting the disc as the band was tearing up its stages. While the live dates are now the stuff of legend, it's easy to overlook the recordings, but to do so would be a mistake. Dream Weaver is a fully realized project by a band -- a real band -- in which each member has a unique part of the whole to contribute. Jarrett's unusual piano style fits musically with Lloyd's lyricism in a way that it shouldn't. Jarrett was even then an iconoclast, playing harmonic figures from the inside out and relying on counterpoint to create new spaces, not fill them in. (Just listen to "Autumn Sequence," where his solos and his backing harmonics are equally strident and inventive as Lloyd's Eastern explorations of mood and mode.) And then there's the rhythm section of McBee and DeJohnette, whose modal inventions on the intervals make the "Dream Weaver" suite an exercise in open time, allowing all players to wander around inside it and take what they want out. The set closes with a group party jam on "Sombrero Sam," with Lloyd and Jarrett trading eights on a Cuban variation on a fantasia. There were no records like this one by new groups in 1966.
Thom Jurek

Source :

Charles Lloyd
Dream Weaver


1 Autumn Sequence  11:59
a) Autumn Prelude - b) Autumn Leaves
c) Autumn Echo (Kosma, Lloyd, Mercer, Prevert)
2 Dream Weaver  11:33
a) Meditation - b) Dervish Dance (Lloyd)
3 Bird Flight (Lloyd)  9:08
4 Love Ship (Lloyd)  5:53
5 Sombrero Sam (Lloyd)  5:13


Charles Lloyd - ts & fl
Keih Jarrett - p
Cecil McBee - b
Jack DeJohnette - dr

Recorded March 20, 1966


grumpy said...

Many thanks for reuniting me with an LP sold many years ago.

jpo said...

fantastic post!

velobrewer said...

Great post. This band plays with a maturity that belies it's youth at the time the record was made. Excellent!

neil said...

Oh my, what a line-up! I have a lot of Jarrett and some Lloyd, but this is new to me. Many thanks...

Nathan said...

Hi....just wanted to say that this link was dead too. Could you possibly repost this one? Many hours spent on your blog, and many many thanks as well for all the great music!


zardoz1984 said...

Mel, I'm gonna live into your blog! Unearthing past loves & discovering new ones: there's no end to that game. Many, many thks for your loving dedication.

By the way, any hope to see the Dream Weaver on the road again? Got some nice memories of those days…

Melanchthon said...

CrunchyFrog said...

Wonderful post - thanks for the opportunity to listen!

TEO said...

First of all thanks very very much for your wonderful site rich of "real jazz"!!!
And many thanks for this gem of Charles LLoyd!

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