Legendary saxophonist and composer Charles Lloyd celebrated his 80th birthday on March 15 2018 at his hometown venue, Santa Barbara’s Lobero Theatre, alongside an unprecedented grouping of musical friends including guitarist Julian Lage, pianist Gerald Clayton, bassist Reuben Rogers, and drummer Eric Harland, with special guests organist Booker T. Jones and bassist and Blue Note President Don Was joining the ensemble midway. Watch & Listen
Lloyd’s magnificent new album 8: Kindred Spirits (Live from The Lobero), which will be released February 14 on Blue Note Records, documents both the sights and sounds of that extraordinary concert, and arrives in a limited-edition deluxe boxset that includes 3-LPs, 2-CDs, and a DVD of the full performance, along with a 96-page hardcover book and 2 photo prints that commemorate the first 8 decades of Lloyd’s remarkable journey. The album will also be released in standard LP/DVD, CD/DVD, and digital versions that feature the concert’s first set.
Lloyd has played the 150-year-old adobe theater in downtown Santa Barbara more often than any other venue, and more often than any other performer. During his concert, he said:
“Today, I bring with me everything I’ve ever played, but I do it with beginner’s mind. That way I get both the benefit of experience and the desire for new discoveries. Some nights I am blessed and the deities visit me. You can’t bring everything you know at once, because that’s the error of youth. You have to choose the right notes, but I find that even now I’m finding new notes that I never had before.”
Charles Lloyd will perform at the Love Supreme Festival, which returns to Glynde Place, East Sussex from 3-5th July 2020. More information and tickets available here.