Charles Lloyd New Quartet

Charles Lloyd New Quartet

Charles Lloyd
New Quartet

featuring Maria Farantouri

Sunday, April 22, 7:00pm
at Herbst Theatre

Charles Lloyd New Quartet

Charles Lloyd New Quartet

Charles Lloyd
New Quartet

featuring Maria Farantouri

Sunday, April 22, 7:00pm
at Herbst Theatre

Maria Farantouri and Charles Lloyd

Charles Lloyd New Quartet

Tenor saxophone titan Charles Lloyd attained rock star status in the mid-60s with one of the all-time great quartets, featuring Keith Jarrett, Cecil McBee and Jack DeJohnette. Since the release of that group’s Dream Weaver and Forest Flower, Lloyd has charted a remarkable trajectory as one of the most restlessly inventive musicians in jazz history. Over the past 20 years his extraordinary ECM albums have featured collaborations with Brad Mehldau, John Abercrombie, Zakir Hussain, Billy Higgins and many other luminaries. Lloyd’s current group is a perfect setting for the heralded young pianist and recent MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient Jason Moran, who was named DownBeat’s 2011 Jazz Artist of the Year and has been selected as a Guest Artistic Director for the new SFJAZZ Center in 2013. Bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Eric Harland round out the rhythm section, joined by special guest Maria Farantouri, whose incandescent vocals are featured throughout Athens Concert, Lloyd’s new double album. An artist widely embraced in her native Greece, Farantouri was the legendary voice of resistance during the Greek military junta of the late ‘60s, giving hope to millions through the banned protest songs of Mikis Theodorakis and earning widespread praise as the “soul of Greece.” Her presence makes this another unique Charles Lloyd moment, one of many in his huge legacy.

Artist Personnel

Charles Lloyd
    tenor saxophone, alto flute,
    tarogato
Maria Farantouri vocals
Jason Moran piano
Reuben Rogers bass
Eric Harland drums
Sokratis Sinopoulos lyra

"Mr. Lloyd is famous for having good bands… but his New Quartet is a different order of good… All in their mid-30s, they have their own language, articulate and intimate, itchy and soulful and often thrilling... " — The New York Times
"Athens Concert is truly inspirational and quite a watermark, in a career full of them. " — AllMusic
"I'm seeking something that I haven't gotten to yet and I'm still on the journey... I'm painting this painting that's about transformation and transcendence and it's a prayer to the creator... " — Charles Lloyd