Great Musical Moments on TV: Charles Lloyd Quartet 1966
After Charles Lloyd’s first three albums on Columbia (1964-650, he switched to Atlantic and put together a new quartet. It is incredible looking back at this lineup and realizing that all of these musicians were relatively new to recording. Bassist Cecil McBee first recorded with Denny Zeitlin in 1963 and had Blue Note albums credits with Wayne Shorter, Andrew Hill, Grachan Moncur III.
Pianist Keith Jarrett debuted in 1962 with Don Jacoby before recording and touring — briefly — with Art Blakey. The chemistry was wrong, and Blakey recommended Jarrett to Lloyd. Drummer Jack deJohnette debuted in 1965 with Jackie McLean. All four musicians would achieve true titan status during their careers.
McBee was with the group through 1966, which yielded four brilliant albums (Dream Weaver, Forest Flower at Monterey, The Flowering, and Charles Lloyd in Europe). After McBee’s departure, Ron McClure took over the bass chair, and the revised quartet produced three more great recordings in 1967 (Love-In, Journey Within, and Charles Lloyd in the Soviet Union) and one in 1968 (Soundtrack); in 2014, a live album from the 1967 Montreux was issued.
This video recording, uploaded to YouTube by T-Bone’s Clasic Media, is likely the very first footage of Keith Jarrett and certainly among the earliest for the other three. Europeans revered American jazz musicians; this is from Belgian TV, recorded May 2, 1966, and broadcast November 13, 1966. Dream Weaver was recorded in March, Forest Flower in September.
THE CHARLES LLOYD QUARTET
00:10 East of the Sun
05:16 Of Course, Of Course
10:59 Love Song to A Baby
16:00 Manhattan Tripper
22:14 Island Blues
The playing here is already fully formed, as was all of Lloyd’s Atlantic output. Lloyd plays both tenor saxophone and flute here. And we get to see, for the first time, Jarrett’s habit of reaching into the piano to strum strings (piano wires), mute keys, and slap a set of strings.