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Sax Giant Charles Lloyd Signs To Blue Note

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Storied saxophone player and composer Charles Lloyd has signed a new deal with Blue Note Records, and will have his first album for the label in more than 30 years released in April.

The tenor sax man, flute player and arranger, now 76, worked in his early days in Los Angeles with the likes of Don Cherry, Ornette Coleman, Bobby Hutcherson and ‘Cannonball’ Adderley. He’s been releasing albums as a bandleader since 1964, when ‘Discovery!’ came out on Columbia. Lloyd’s live record with his quartet ‘A Night In Copenhagen’ (featuring noted pianist Michel Petrucciani) appeared on Blue Note in 1983, with guest vocalist Bobby McFerrin.

The new Blue Note album, ‘Wild Man Dance,’ will be out on April 14. It’s a live recording of a longform suite that was commissioned by the Jazztopad Festival in Wroclaw in Poland. In the week of release, on April 18, Lloyd will present the North American premiere of the ‘Wild Man Dance Suite’ at the Metropolitan Museum Temple of Dendur in New York. That will be followed by two performances of it during a four-night run at SF Jazz in San Francisco.

It’ll be a busy spring for Lloyd, who is also due to have his career celebrated as NEA Jazz Masters status is bestowed on him, along with fellow notables Carla Bley, George Coleman and Joe Segal. This will take place during a ceremony and concert at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City on April 20.

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