Charles Lloyd: Love-In


Still under the influence of Flower Power and uttering such as “I play love vibrations”, Lloyd was brought in to play a Sunday afternoon at the Fillmore Auditorium in 1967.

The young audience were used to thunderous folk/rock music with lights flashing but they took to Lloyd’s brand of rhythmic soul jazz and blues like ducks to water.

Lloyd’s blues-based, rather grainy sound contrasts well with Jarrett’s lithe melody lines and after playing a bop-styled “Tribal Dance” they resort to solid blues and soul jazz licks, culminating in the downhome “Sunday Morning” by Jarrett and the leader’s funky “Island Blues”.

In a style already well-trodden by Cannonball Adderley, Horace Silver, Les McCann and others, Lloyd cranked up the gospel blues licks and completely won over the audience, collecting a standing ovation.

Lloyd (ts, f); Keith Jarrett (p); Ron McClure (b); Jack DeJohnette (d) San Francisco, 1967.
Pure Pleasure PPAN SD 11481, vinyl