Charles Lloyd: Memphis Green


Memphis Green


Charles Lloyd (tenor sax)


Journey Within (Rhino Atlantic)

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Charles Lloyd (tenor sax), Keith Jarrett (piano), Jack DeJohnette (drums),

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

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