Friday March 22, 2013 / 8:00pmCharles Lloyd Birthday Celebration
How was your experience?
Just saw tenor man Charles Lloyd at the Kennedy Ctr celebrating his 75th bday. Unbelievable show on sooo many levels! Jason Moran on piano was as expected, superb. The first piece featured Alicia Hall Moran a soprano who I assume is Jason's wife. She came out and sings the spiritual "Go down moses" while Charles Lloyd (CL) and the band makes it all jazz. She exits THEN DICK GREGORY WHO IS 80 COMES OUT! and tells a few jokes, praises CL and exits. CL does two magnificent pieces hearkening a quieter but equally intense Coltrane. He occasionally switches to flute. Moran and bass player Reuben Rogers (who is also tough!) then leave the stage. CL goes to the piano and starts playing. Zakir Hussain, an East Indian percussionist comes out and plays the Tabla which is like several bongo drums that can also make a twanging sound. (I think he's part octopuss) He and CL alone together get into this amazing Indian-middle eastern groove, then the drummer Eric Harland takes over on the piano, but does not play the keys. He drums the keys with his hands and He is plays the harp strings inside the piano with the help of tambourines that he placed on the harp. He is strumming it and hitting keys and strings rhythmically while CL picks up tambourines and bells and Hussain is going wild on this Tabla. Harland then goes to his trap drum set and he and Hussain have a percussion performance that brought the house down. As I'm trying to catch my breath. Zakir Hussain exits and Classical Greek vocalist Maria Farantouri comes out with Greek Lyre virtuoso Sokratis Sinopoulos. Maria does several incredible ballets in Greek and Sokratis is killing us with the Lyre while CL and the band make it all Jazz. These are the last pieces of the show again the house is brought to its feet. But then there is the encore. EVERYBODY COMES BACK. BOTH VOCALISTS, PERCUSSIONIST, DRUMMER, PIANO, LYRE, BASS AND CL ON SAX THEN THEY PRECEDE TO KNOCK THE WORLD OFF ITS AXIS. I'm still weeping. -