Prob­lem solver: Charles Lloyd

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Sax­o­phon­ist Charles Lloyd long ago solved one of the jazz world’s on­go­ing dilem­mas: how to at­tract young peo­ple to the mu­sic. Lloyd’s quar­tet of the 1960s, with pi­anist Keith Jar­rett, drum­mer Jack DeJohnette, and bassist Ce­cil McBee cap­tured the ears of both jazz die-hards and flower chil­dren with its imag­i­na­tive in­ter­play and melodic story lines. Lloyd added a spir­i­tual ap­proach to his mu­sic that drew from a back­ground in the blues, and the re­sults were at once emo­tion­ally mov­ing and joy­ful. Lloyd con­tin­ues to put to­gether fine bands — the one he brings to the Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter at 7:30 p.m. on Fri­day, July 29, in­cludes pi­anist Ja­son Moran, bassist Reuben Rogers, and drum­mer Eric Har­land — and al­ways per­forms in ways that touch lis­ten­ers with im­pas­sioned, mean­ing­ful ex­pres­sion. Tick­ets for Lloyd’s con­cert, part of the New Mex­ico Jazz Fes­ti­val, are $20-$60 and can be pur­chased at the Len­sic box of­fice, 211 W. San Fran­cisco St.; by call­ing 505-988-1234; or at www.tick­

— Bill Kohlhaase

Charles Lloyd

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