Charles Lloyd: Dream Weaver


Dream Weaver (Meditation / Dervish Dance)


Charles Lloyd (tenor sax)


Dream Weaver (Collectables 6361)

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Charles Lloyd (tenor sax), Keith Jarrett (piano), Cecil McBee (bass), Jack DeJohnette (drums).

Recorded: New York, March 29, 1966


Rating: 91/100 (learn more)

From the only studio recording by one of the most important yet under-recognized groups of the 1960s, “Dream Weaver” reveals the power and range of the Charles Lloyd Quartet. The dark, brooding intensity of “Meditation” is counterbalanced by the joyous groove of “Dervish Dance.” The open structure of the piece could lead to aimless wandering by a lesser group, but Lloyd’s young quartet weaves together a lucid performance that is focused and ultimately transcendent. The seeking quality in Lloyd’s avant-garde playing is not imposing or distasteful (as that of many 1960s tenormen) but remains pleasant and charming. An unappreciated treasure.

Reviewer: Matt Leskovic

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