Charles Lloyd 8: Kindred Spirits (Live From The Lobero) Hand-Numbered Limited Edition 3LP, 2CD & 1 DVD

Charles Lloyd

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3LP, 2CD & DVD Deluxe Box Set!
2018 Live Performance!
Includes Hand-Numbered Limited Edition Lithograph Signed by Charles Lloyd!

Stereophile: Performance 4.5/5 Stars / Sonics 4.5/5 Stars

"Charles Lloyd has long been cast as the John Coltrane of West Coast jazz, fusing Trane's hard tone and sheets-of-sound rapture with a mellow attitude and harmonies pegged to swaying moods. Recorded live at the Lobero theater in Santa Barbara in 2018, on his 80th birthday, this is mostly a gorgeous high-fly of an album, catching Lloyd careering between the peak of his powers and passages of rambling - mainly the former, and even when he's drifting, he's having fun, the band is cooking, and you can smell the wharf a mile down the way.

"The best tracks are his own classics songs ' "Dream Weaver", "Requiem", "Forest Flower", a probing cover of "Shenandoah" - all stretched out in bright-hued improvisations by his inventive band fronted by his gently adventurous blowing. Things wander toward the middle, but Lloyd corrals the players and the last few songs are as lovely as the first few.

"...Lloyd's sax and flute are breathy, upfront, and 3D...." - Fred Kaplan, Stereophile Magazine, April 2020

The legendary saxophonist, composer and jazz mystic Charles Lloyd celebrated his 80th birthday on March 15, 2018, at his hometown venue, Santa Barbara's Lobero Theatre, with an unprecedented grouping of musical friends including guitarist Julian Lage, pianist Gerald Clayton, bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Eric Harland, with special guests organist Booker T. Jones and bassist Don Was joining the ensemble midway. His new album 8: Kindred Spirits, Live From The Lobero documents both the sights and sounds of that extraordinary concert.

The Deluxe box set includes 3-LPs, 2-CDs and a DVD of the full performance, along with a 96-page hardcover book and 2 lithographs that commemorate the first 8 decades of Lloyd's remarkable journey. One of the lithographs is hand-numbered and signed by Charles Lloyd.

Lloyd has played the 150-year-old adobe theater in downtown Santa Barbara more often than any other venue, and more often than any other performer. Knowing that Marian Anderson sang there on February 14, 1940 makes it a sacred space for him. In the concert film you can see him bobbing with pleasure beneath his pointy, indigo knit cap, curly white hair, and long goatee. He beams at his neighbors, places the palms of his hands together and pulls them against his black sweater and golden tenor saxophone in the traditional Buddhist greeting.

A birthday is a door between the past and the future, and this concert reflected that truth. Representing the future were 34-year-old pianist Gerald Clayton, who performs regularly with Lloyd, and 31-year-old guitarist Julian Lage, who had performed with him when he was 12-years-old. Representing the past was 74-year-old organist and fellow Memphis native Booker T. Jones, who had never played with Lloyd at all. This was a one-of-a-kind line-up for a one-of-a-kind ritual.

"Today, I bring with me everything I've ever played, but I do it with beginner's mind," said Lloyd. "That way I get both the benefit of experience and the desire for new discoveries. Some nights I am blessed and the deities visit me. You can't bring everything you know at once, because that's the error of youth. You have to choose the right notes, but I find that even now I'm finding new notes that I never had before."

Charles Lloyd is an NEA Jazz Master and recent recipient of the prestigious French honor l'Ordre Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, which was presented to the saxophone legend during his European tour in November 2019.

If you're a fan, you'll surely enjoy 'attending' the full concert, which is also well recorded (though 'purists' might not enjoy heavily panned drums) and certainly enjoy thumbing through the 'family' photo album [Lloyd's wife/manager] Ms. Darr so generously shares with the fans. You can be sure that Charles Lloyd endured tough times growing up in the pre/post WWII era. While some artists expressed that tumult in their music, Lloyd chose to operate on a more inspired plane. You can see it in the photos and hear it in the music. His Memphis pal Booker T. had it right: Charles Lloyd is a gift to the world.
-Michael Fremer, Analog Planet, Music 9/11, Sound 9/11


  • Deluxe Box Set
  • 3LP
  • 2 CD
  • 1 DVD
  • Box with lift-off lid
  • 96-page hardcover book
  • 2 lithographs, 1 signed by Charles Lloyd and hand-numbered (limited to 2000 copies)


Charles Lloyd saxophone, flute
Gerald Clayton piano (tracks 1-4, 7, 8)
Julian Lage guitar
Reuben Rogers bass
Don Was bass (tracks 5 & 6)
Booker T. Jones organ, piano (track 2), vocals (track 2)
Eric Harland drums


CD 1

  1. Dream Weaver
  2. Requiem
  3. La Llorona
  4. Part 5, Ruminations

CD 2

  1. Abide With Me
  2. Song For Charles
  3. Island Blues
  4. Shenandoah
  5. Sombrero Sam
  6. Green Onions
  7. Forest Flower
  8. You Are So Beautiful

LP 1

Side A:
  1. Dream Weaver
Side B:
  1. Requiem
  2. La Llorona

LP 2

Side C:
  1. Part 5, Ruminations
Side D:
  1. Abide WIth Me
  2. Song For Charles
  3. Island Blues

LP 3

Side E:
  1. Shenandoah
  2. Sombrero Sam
Side F:
  1. Green Onions
  2. Forest Flower
  3. You Are So Beautiful

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