Boomkat Product Review:
Universal Sound presents this reissue of an extremely rare and in-demand spiritual jazz album by flautist/composer Lloyd McNeil.
Also a multidisciplinary painter, poet and photographer, Lloyd was born in Washington, D.C., in 1935 and thus grew up through the Civil Rights Movement of 1960s America. He studied at the Morehouse College in Atlanta, where Martin Luther King had previously been educated, and would later become one of the first black professors in the the American University system, teaching music anthropology among other subjects.
Since the 1950s he'd been playing and studying Latin music, besides his native Jazz, and from the mid-1960s he travelled widely, befriending Picasso during his Paris period and later Brazilian musicians Dom Salvador, Paulinho Da Viola and Paulo Moura during stays in Brazil and West Africa. All of this experience can be heard in this, his 1970 opus, composed for Washington, D.C.'s Capital Ballet company, a suite of elegant, refined and quietly effervescent Jazz music with rich traces of Brazilian and American jazz forms.