From the moment he first came to prominence as the young music director of the Chico Hamilton Quintet in 1960, Charles Lloyd began to take audiences on journeys that traversed enormous distances. Over nearly five decades, his compositions have punctuated the post-bop period, embraced the traditional music of a host of world cultures and enlivened the psychedelic 1960s with avant-garde improvisation.
From 1965-1969 Lloyd led a fine quartet with pianist, Keith Jarrett, bassist, Cecil McBee (later, Ron McClure), and drummer, Jack DeJohnette. The quartet's music was an interesting fusion of straight-ahead post-bop, free jazz and world music which quickly caught the attention of both jazz fans and critics. They also achieved a fair amount of crossover success with young rock fans and became the first jazz group to play at The Fillmore.
The Charles Lloyd Quartet's first studio date together, 1966's Dream Weaver, announced the arrival of a unique and unrivaled group on the scene. The two part "Dream Weaver," the party jam "Sombrero Sam" and "Love Ship" showcase this tight group of simpatico musicians at their absolute best!
Charles Lloyd (tenor saxophone, flute)
Keith Jarrett (piano)
Cecil McBee (bass)
Jack DeJohnette (drums)