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Charles Lloyd is a great tenor player. Alto? Not so much...
on April 15, 2013
I'm a big Charles Lloyd fan and have been since Forest Flower. His long hiatus was justly deserved and obviously well spent considering his magnificent output since returning in the early 90's. I've followed his music closely but this release just doesn't do it for me. As a professional jazz woodwind player myself, I have VERY strong ideas about tenor vs. alto playing. I find Charles' tenor playing fresh, invigorating, original, deeply and spiritually expressive. His alto playing sounds like he's just playing tenor on a different instrument, not "alto" per se. Alto/tenor is an extremely rough double which is why there aren't many players who do it: very few people do it well. Besides Dick Oats and Chris Potter, I don't really know of many others except for some very fine session and Broadway players who are not doing solo projects (Dave Tofani, John Purcell and a some others come to mind}. Anyway, the band is on this recording marvelous and the arrangements are fresh. Great production but I think that Charles needs to reconsider his own alto playing. Just my opinion so don't crucify me!