Happy New Year! I hope that wherever you are 2016 is shaping up to be a wonderful year for you! How are those resolutions going….? This week’s Sunday Slow(ish) Jam features a track by saxophonist Charles Lloyd. For some reason this tune, “Forest Flower” reminds me of how I want my year to look and feel. It begins with chill vibes and then becomes an energetic frenzy eventually simmering to a pleasant end. “Forest Flower” beings with a sweetness and familiarity that is cozy and comforting and then Keith Jarrett smacks you in the face with his ferocious energy and fiery piano solo.  His playing is visceral and pumps me up! Things continue to heat up as the trio burns along. Charles Lloyd bursts through with his stellar tone and proceeds to play like many of the hallowed that have come before him. It is not hard to hear the lineage and evolution of great saxophonists in his playing, however, Lloyd’s voice is distinct and always his own.

Charles Lloyd – Forest Flower w/ Keith Jarrett (piano) and Cecil McBee (bass)

You can hear the Charles Lloyd Quartet in Vancouver on February 20th at the Vogue. Go here for more info: http://www.coastaljazz.ca/an_evening_charles_lloyd

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