Charles Lloyd – Manhattan Stories

Charles Lloyd

Original Recording Format: Analog

Charles Lloyd’s status as one of the iconic figures of jazz has been thoroughly established for nearly five decades.  His recordings from the ’60’s – especially releases such as Of Course, Of Course, Dream Weaver, and Forest Flower – introduced a stunning, new jazz saxophone talent at a time when new ideas were rapidly being triggered by the likes of John Coltrane, Omette Coleman, and Eric Dolphy.

But Lloyd had a voice of his own, one that blended rich, contemplative improvising with an irresistible flow of dynamic rhythms. No wonder Down Beat selected Lloyd as Jazz Artist of the Year in 1967. 

This live 1965 recording from New York’s Judson Hall features Lloyd with his previously unreleased quartet of Gábor Szabó, Ron Carter, & Pete La Roca.

This is a must have for Charles Lloyd fans, jazz collectors & audiophiles.


Sweet Georgia Bright
How Can I Tell You
Lady Gabor

Total time: 00:42:36

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Analog Recording Equipment

Nagra T, Telefunken EF806Tube

Mastering Engineer

René Laflamme – Analog Tape to DSD 256 Transfer


For the 2xHD transfer of this recording, the original 1/4", 15 IPS NAB Master Tape was played on a Nagra-T modified tape machine with high-end tube playback electronics, wired with OCC Silver Cable from the playback head direct to a Telefunken EF806 Tube. The Nagra-T has one of the best transports ever made, having four direct drive motors, two pinch rollers and a tape tension head. 

We did an Analog Transfer to DSD256 (11.2mHz) using Merging Horus and HAPI A/D converters and a dCS Vivaldi Clock. Each format (DSD 2.8mHz, DSD 5.6 mHz and DSD 11.2 mHz) was created from that transfer.

Original Recording Format


Zev Feldman, Dorothy Darr

Recording Engineer

Goerge Klabin, Fran Gala

Recording location

Live at Judson Hall, NYC, September 3, 1965

Recording Type & Bit Rate

Analog to DSD256

Release Date February 10, 2017

Press reviews

“In most cases, the folklore of a happening is much stronger than the actual event. The “older I get, the better it was” credo applies to so much of the remembered past. Not so for the only documented recordings by Charles Lloyd’s Quartet of guitarist Gabor Szabo, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Pete La Roca.

Lloyd who, in 1965, had left his residency as musical director for Chico Hamilton and member of Cannonball Adderly’s band, gathered Szabó (from Hamilton’s employment) and formed this quartet. This short-lived, and until now, unheard quartet is quite the find. Lloyd was confronting the weight of the saxophone innovators John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins, and forging his own path. The live recordings heard here are quite different.

“Sweet Georgia Bright” opens The Judson Hall date. The gem here, though, is “How Can I Tell You,” his tribute to Billie Holiday. Lloyd begins with the sound of Coltrane’s blues to build a cogent and eloquent solo of devastating elegance.”


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