Charles Lloyd is back in Melbourne for the Melbourne International Jazz Festival. He is a fascinating man and musician. Here’s an interview from Ausjazz.net back in 2010:
Charles Lloyd: I’m going to sing my song anyway
A spiritual man is blowing his horn to try to save the world, Roger Mitchell discovers
CHASING Charles Lloyd is like grabbing at the tail of a cloud. You can barely grasp his idea before the alert 72-year-old saxophonist and flautist has floated away to a new insight.
“I’m a dreamer. I’m born into the world, but I don’t really fit into it,” Lloyd says by phone from his hilltop property in Montecito, California.
But the Memphis-born musician, who at age 10 used to play in a West Memphis roadhouse where Elvis Presley parked his ice truck and came in “to hear the real stuff”, rarely forgets to answer a question. He just gets sidetracked often on the way to an answer.
On the Friday after 9/11, Lloyd’s quartet opened a delayed Bluenote concert with Cuban Silvio Rodriguez’ song Rabo…
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