, one of jazz’s historic greats, returns to Dublin with his classic quartet on Wednesday 16 November for a one-off show on Irish soil as part of an extensive European tour.
Described by Nate Chinen as “a storyteller with a seeker’s heart… one of jazz’s great mystery men”, the show comes two years after Lloyd’s triumphant performance at the NEC, but this visit offers fans the rare chance to see NEA Jazz Master Lloyd in the more intimate, club-like surroundings of the legendary Vicars Street.
Lloyd is enjoying renewed critical acclaim, over half a century since he first made waves with albums such as Dream Weaver
(Atlantic, 1966) and the epoch defining Forest Flower
(Atlantic, 1966)–the first million-selling jazz album.
In recent years, Lloyd has released a slew of critically acclaimed albums for ECM and recently released his first albums for Blue Note in over thirty years–the specially commissioned Wild Man Dance
(Blue Note, 2013) and I Long to See You
(Blue Note, 2016), the latter which features Bill Frisell
and guest appearances by Willie Nelson and Norah Jones.
Lloyd’s career began in Memphis in the late 1950s, where he cut his teeth playing Johnny Ace, Bobby Blue Bland, Howlin' Wolf
and BB King. Writing of Lloyd’s Memphis roots in the Lloyd biography A Wild Blatant Truth
(Silman-James Press, 2015), Down Beat critic Joseph Woodward notes: “The influence and confluence of blues, jazz, R&B and seminal rock ‘n’ roll is embedded in the city’s nature, just as it is imprinted on the voice of her saxophonic son.”
There is a rich musical tapestry in Lloyd’s music, encompassing roots Americana and the keening spiritualism of John Coltrane
. It has never been easy to hang a hat on a Lloyd, a man who retreated from the music business in the 1970s at the zenith of his commercial success, appearing periodically to record and tour with The Beach Boys. He is, says producer Michael Cuscuna, “about as enigmatic as a functioning human being and successful musician can be.”
His eventual re-emergence into the limelight in the late 1980s has been well documented, but suffice it to say Lloyd’s current band featuring Reuben Rogers
, Kendrick Scott
and Gerald Clayton
is one of the finest quartets of his long and distinguished career. At 78, who knows how many more European tours Lloyd has left in the tank, so this Vicars Street concert is a fantastic opportunity to experience one more time—for the price of a meal—one of jazz’s most exciting, uplifting performers.
Charles Lloyd at Vicars Street on Wednesday 16 November promises to be one of the very best concerts, not just of jazz, but of any music, to hit Dublin in 2016.
Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.ie
at 39 Euros for a general ticket and 69 Euros for the premium ticket, which includes meet-and-greet with Lloyd and a free CD.