Only the Best of Charles Lloyd

Only the Best of Charles Lloyd

by Charles Lloyd


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Only the Best of Charles Lloyd

Collectables issues another of their signature sets ("signature" in that they are very generic box sets compiling albums by great artists who recorded for Atlantic Records at some point in their careers). This time, the subject artist is the great saxophonist Charles Lloyd. Here are nine albums on six CDs. These are arranged, one supposes, aesthetically rather than chronologically -- which would have made more sense, but it's ultimately the music that counts. Most of this reveals Lloyd -- who had been an integral part of Chico Hamilton's group before going solo and recorded a pair of well-received albums for Columbia before he signed to Atlantic -- at a pivotal point in his career, with a classic quartet including pianist Keith Jarrett, bassist Cecil McBee, and drummer Jack DeJohnette. The set includes classic titles such as Dream Weaver (not to be confused with the hit song by Gary Wright in the '70s) Flowering, and Charles Lloyd in the Soviet Union, Charles Lloyd in Europe, and Love-In -- all great records. That said, as is typical of Collectables' compilation boxes, some truly classic material is left out, such as Forest Flower: Charles Lloyd at Monterey and Nirvana. In its place are two curious inclusions -- Warne Marsh, which is solo material with the saxophonist recorded in the late '50s, and Acoustic Masters 1. These latter two are jive choices that are merely filler in the saxophonist's oeuvre, and don't paint the full picture of Lloyd's career with Atlantic -- especially since it was entirely possible and Lloyd was a genuine crossover artist whose records sold to rock audiences -- he appeared at the Fillmore before Miles Davis did. Most fans already have these key albums, so it remains to be seen who this set will appeal to since it's such a mixed proposition.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/30/2009
Label: Collectables
UPC: 0090431117729
catalogNumber: 1177
Rank: 295445

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charles Lloyd   Primary Artist
Jack DeJohnette   Drums
Keith Jarrett   Piano,Soprano Saxophone
Philly Joe Jones   Drums
Cecil McBee   Bass
Ron McClure   Bass
Cedar Walton   Piano
Ronnie Ball   Piano
Paul Motian   Drums
Buster Williams   Bass

Technical Credits

Kurt Weill   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Keith Jarrett   Composer
Charles Lloyd   Composer
Warne Marsh   Composer
Cecil McBee   Composer
Gabor Szabo   Composer
Lenny White   Producer
Ogden Nash   Composer
George Avakian   Producer,Liner Notes
Duke Ellington   Composer
Alec Head   Engineer
Wally Heider   Engineer
Nat Hentoff   Liner Notes
Phil Lehle   Engineer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Jacques Prévert   Composer
George David Weiss   Composer
Jerry Brock   Composer
Charles Stewart   Cover Photo
Stanislaw Zagorski   Cover Design
Marvin Israel   Cover Design
Jean Cronin   Art Direction,Illustrations
Joseph Kosma   Composer
Ernie Burnett   Composer
Lee Gaines   Composer
George Norton   Composer
Larry Holofcener   Composer
Maybelle E. Watson   Composer

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