Saxophonist Charles Lloyd is the focus of an award-winning new documentary film, Arrows Into Infinity, a collaborative work between Lloyd’s wife, painter and filmmaker, Dorothy Darr; and editor / filmmaker, Jeffery Morse. .
If there’s one 60s horn player that I continue to vibe on it’s Charles Lloyd. His quartet of Keith Jarrett, Jack DeJohnette and Cecil McBee was the first jazz group to play the Fillmore but in the 70’s he dropped out, burnt out, to pursue an inner journey in seclusion and retreated to Big Sur.
He briefly returned to playing in 1981 in order to introduce the world to the talents of pianist Michel Petrucciani. Following a near fatal illlness in ’86 he re-dedicated himself to the music and thankfully, since 1989, Lloyd has been releasing his deeply resonant and spiritual music via Manfred Eicher’s ECM records.
Of his live performances Swiss critic Yvan Ischer declares: “To see and hear Charles Lloyd in concert is always an event, not only because this saxophonist has been at quite a few crossroads, but also because he seems to hold an impalpable truth which makes him a thoroughly original musician…This is what we call grace.”
Winner of the 2013 Kansas City Film Fest Cinema Jazz Award, CHARLES LLOYD: Arrows Into Infinity has just been released on DVD and Blu ray but PLEASE… can someone organise a proper screening! Thanx!
EFG LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL November 2014: Charles Lloyd: Wild Man Suite @ The Barbican. It’s a new project that combines traditional Greek and Hungarian instruments with his own quartet.