Charles Lloyd: Tone Poem


Tone Poem


Charles Lloyd (tenor sax)


One Night with Blue Note, Vol. 4 (Blue Note 46150)

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Charles Lloyd (tenor sax), Michel Petrucciani (piano), Cecil McBee (bass), Jack DeJohnette (drums).

Recorded: Town Hall, New York, February 22, 1985


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

To celebrate the rebirth of the label, a host of former Blue Note stars assembled for a historic concert at New York’s Town Hall in 1985. The group led by Lloyd reunited him with Petrucciani, his pianist from the early 1980s, and McBee and DeJohnette, members of his classic 1960s quartet. “Tone Poem” is a circular and hypnotic two-chord vamp—the perfect setting for Lloyd to both ground himself in melodic diatonicism and extend the harmonic framework of the piece when he so chooses. Petrucciani and McBee contribute excellent improvisations and DeJohnette is interactive as ever—motivating yet remaining complementary and empathetic.

Reviewer: Matt Leskovic

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