Wild Man Dance
Stunning return from ‘60s counter culture’s favourite sax maverick.
Lloyd may be the latest National Endowment of the arts jazz master inductee, but there’s more to the tenor saxophonist/flautist than past glories. “Wild Man Dance” is a live recording of Lloyd’s “wild man dance suite”, a typically searching, Coltrane-influenced excursion, featuring lute and dulcimer alongside his established New Quartet, and showcasing some particularly glorious piano from Gerald Clayton. The 77-year-old Lloyd, making his first album for Blue Note in three decades, calls his still-cutting edge music “the mysticism of sound”. The New York Times call “wild man dance” an “ecstatic” set that “draws connections between cultural ideals, between stylistic traditions, between… modernity and the wisdom of the ancients.” We call it a modern conscious jazz classic.