Some days ago, I started one of these lists with the suite Forest flower by Charles Lloyd, which was an unprecedented success in its day for jazz sales figures (over a million), at the level of Kind of Blue, Take Five and the occasional exception.
Lloyd decided to turn his back on success and was a decade retired, dedicated to meditation, and hardly recorded, except for albums like Waves, in line with his new life.
It seems that the person who convinced him to abandon his retirement was an 18-year-old prodigy, the pianist. Michel Petrucciani, who took him on tour.
When Lloyd returned to record regularly in the 1980s, he made a series of records for the German label ECM that are true classics. In his “third act”, Lloyd preserves the best of his two previous lives.
For those interested in Lloyd and his music I recommend the documentary Arrows into Infinity.
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