Charles Lloyd – In The Soviet Union (1967)

Charles Lloyd - In The Soviet Union (1967)
Artist: Charles Lloyd
Album: In The Soviet Union
Genre: Hard Bop
Origin: USA
Released: 1967
Quality: mp3, 320 kbps

Days and Nights Waiting (7:06)
Sweet Georgia Bright (17:54)
Love Song to a Baby (12:32)
Tribal Dance (10:22)


The Charles Lloyd Quartet was (along with Cannonball Adderley’s band) the most popular group in jazz during the latter half of the 1960s. Lloyd somehow managed this feat without watering down his music or adopting a pop repertoire. A measure of the band’s popularity is that Lloyd and his sidemen (pianist Keith Jarrett, bassist Ron McClure and drummer Jack DeJohnette) were able to have a very successful tour of the Soviet Union during a period when jazz was still being discouraged by the communists. This well-received festival appearance has four lengthy performances including an 18-minute version of “Sweet Georgia Bright” and Lloyd (who has always had a soft-toned Coltrane influenced tenor style and a more distinctive voice on flute) is in top form.
Review by Scott Yanow