Charles Lloyd: Forest Flower


Forest Flower


Charles Lloyd (tenor sax)


Forest Flower (WEA/Warner 25117)

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

Composed by Charles Lloyd


Recorded: Monterey, CA, September 8, 1966


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

In the late 1960s Charles Lloyd was a legitimate jazz star, and for a time, his star shined the brightest. His quartet’s music, daring and complex yet unpretentious and accessible, was adored by jazz and rock fans alike. “Forest Flower” was Lloyd’s initial key to success in the United States. Even in its most experimental sections, the piece remains invitingly warm. Lloyd’s shimmering arpeggios cover the entire range of his horn, yet his playing remains lithe and light. Jarrett contributes an ingeniously constructed solo, fleet- fingered and lyrical. The communication between him and DeJohnette is telepathic, hinting at what would come years down the road.

Reviewer: Matt Leskovic

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