b. 20 October 1958, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England. Lloyd dabbled with piano at the age of 12, and then taught himself tenor saxophone at 23. His first public appearances were with a pop/soul band in the mid-80s and with an ECM Records -inspired duo, Confluence. His first professional job was with a duo playing standards on the restaurant/wine-bar/pub circuit. Despite his relatively late start on saxophone he has developed an individual style of music that is exhibited to especially good advantage on his first, privately-produced recording. His influences include Jan Garbarek, John Surman, Trevor Watts and, ‘more for affirmation than emulation’, Eric Dolphy, Evan Parker, Jimmy Lyons, Anthony Braxton and Arthur Blythe. He has also been inspired by composers Olivier Messiaen (who has influenced several non-classical figures, notably Mike Ratledge of Soft Machine and Mike Gibbs) and Benjamin Britten. He has organized several worthy attempts at regular venues for improvised music, including the ‘Sun Sessions’ in Clapham, south London. Apart from his own trio and quartet he has worked with Dave Fowler and in duos with Parker and Phil Wachsmann, and organizes Anacrusis, a nine-piece improvising group containing several major names.
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