Lloyd McNeill - Tori


  • £24.99

Originally released as a private-press LP in 1978 on flautist Lloyd McNeill’s own Baobab Record label in Washington, DC, Tori has been out-of-print for 43 years, and now this rare album has been lovingly remastered by Soul Jazz Records. 

Lloyd McNeill is an African-American flautist, painter, poet, and photographer born in Washington, D.C. in 1935. His multidisciplinary creative life led to encounters and friendships with Nina Simone, Picasso, Eric Dolphy, Nana Vasconceles and other legendary cultural figures. 

Tori is a stunning album that blends Brazilian and Latin sounds with deep Spiritual Jazz. The album features a strong line up including legendary Brazilian figures such as Dom Um Romao, Nana Vasconcelos and Dom Salvador, alongside jazz heavyweights such as Buster Williams, Howard Johnson, and John La Barbera, all regulars in McNeill’s long-running and highly successful resident live group in New York. 

McNeill grew up through the era of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s and his life and work is a reflection of those ideals. In the mid-1960s he moved to France where he became friends with Picasso, working with a number of émigré-jazz musicians whilst living in Paris. In the late 1960s he taught jazz and painting workshops at the New Thing Art and Architecture Center in Washington. In the 1970s he travelled throughout Brazil and West Africa studying music and taught music anthropology in the US. 


  1. O Mercado (Brazilian Market)
  2. Tori (Segment One)
  3. Tzigane
  4. Tori (Segment Two)
  5. Sambinha
  6. Time Still / Passaro - Pifaro (Flute Bird)
  7. Tori (Segment Three)
  8. Tranquil


  • LP and CD both strictly limited to 1000 copies 
  • Features original artwork 
  • LP contains download coupon 



also available: 
The Lloyd McNeill Quartet - Washington Suite   LP 


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