Charles Lloyd: Memphis Green
Charles Lloyd (tenor sax)
Journey Within (Rhino Atlantic)
Ron McClure (bass).
Composed by Charles Lloyd.
Recorded: live at Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA, January 1967
Rating: 80/100 (learn more)
"Memphis Green" offers significant abstract deviations from its 12-bar blues pattern. Pianist Keith Jarrett's irregular diminished chords establish the concept, while lengthy and uninhibited solos abound. Emphasis is placed on avoiding standard chord forms altogether, meaning that, although melody is present, the artist is more interested in an excursion into free jazz's outer fringes than in tradition. At the Fillmore, while sharing bills with Jefferson Airplane, this was a new jazz development for Lloyd. Nowadays, though, its appeal is largely limited to fans of such musical directions and, possibly, to the few who still carry the peace-and-love banner.
Reviewer: Marcus Singletary