Charles Lloyd - Soundtrack / In The Soviet Union (1968)
Front Cover Album Info
Artist/Composer Charles Lloyd
Title Soundtrack / In The Soviet Union
Length 78:33 Discs: 1 Tracks: 7
Format HQ 192+ kbps (kopia) Packaging Jewel Case
Label Collectables Cat. Number 6237
Style General Jazz Rating
Recorded live 1968 
Musicians Credits
Charles Lloyd sax tenor, flute
Keith Jarrett piano
Ron McClure bass
Jack DeJohnette drums
Producer George Avakian
Track list
Sombrero Sam (Lloyd) 10:38
Pre-Dawn (Lloyd) 02:42
Forest Flower (Lloyd) 17:14
Days And Nights Waiting (Jarrett) 07:07
Sweet Georgia Bright (Lloyd) 17:56
Love Song To A Baby (Lloyd) 12:34
Tribal Dance (Lloyd) 10:22
AMG Review by Jim Todd (3)
In concert, the Charles Lloyd Quartet took care of business, so it's fortunate to have this reissue bringing back two of the group's live recordings: a 1968 date from Town Hall in New York and a 1967 concert from a jazz festival in Estonia. The two dates flow together as a unified document of the quartet in its prime. Soundtrack opens with "Sombrero Sam," an expansive piece of soul-jazz with a Keith Jarrett deconstruction of a Joe Zawinul-style line (circa Zawinul's time with Cannonball Adderley). This sets up the leader for a funky excursion on flute. A breathy falsetto soliloquy from Lloyd on tenor then segues perfectly into a dynamic performance of his "Forest Flower." "Voice in the Night" from the original Atlantic release is not included on the reissue. In the Soviet Union has the quartet delivering intense avant-garde-inclined hard bop. The highlight, an 18-minute "Sweet Georgia Bright," streams by in a series of mini movements that provide generous solo space for all. The flute feature "Love Song to a Baby" comes as a relaxing interlude amidst the set's generally vein-popping pace. It is as a tenor player, though, where Lloyd is the more completely original player, his commanding, supple style, fueling and guiding the quartet's collective approach. The Estonian date's concluding track, the ten-minute "Tribal Dance," captures Lloyd on tenor in his best Coltrane-influenced style. Pianist Jarrett, bassist Ron McClure, and drummer Jack Dejohnette also weigh in convincingly to evoke the incandescent fury of the classic John Coltrane quartet.