Charles Lloyd: A Wild, Blatant Truth

Charles Lloyd: A Wild, Blatant Truth

by Josef Woodward


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Saxophonist and composer Charles Lloyd has been a strong and important voice in the jazz world since the late 1950s. This freewheeling, fascinating unauthorized biography-based on twenty years' worth of interviews-covers the extreme ups and downs of an uncommonly eventful life, often in the musician's own words. The story begins in the heated musical milieu of Memphis in the Forties and Fifties, where Lloyd grew up with Phineas Newborn Jr. and Booker Little and cut his professional teeth as a teen playing with such blues giants as Howlin Wolf. After high school, he moved to Los Angeles, where he attended USC and began to work with the Gerald Wilson and Chico Hamilton bands, Scott LaFaro, Gábor Szabó, Don Cherry, and others. Following a notable stint with Hamilton's ensemble, contributing compositions and arrangements as well as playing, Lloyd joined Cannonball Adderley's band and moved to New York. There he worked with Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Richard Davis, Henry Grimes, Roy Haynes, and many others. (continued on inside flap)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935247135
Publisher: Silman-James Press
Publication date: 09/01/2015
Pages: 590
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction…in a Few Words ix

1 Prelude 1

2 Memphis Soil 11

3 Out West, and Then East 31

4 Marquee Trajectory 47

5 The Wilderness Years 85

6 The Munich Connection 135

7 Dialoguing with Master Higgins 171

8 New Millennial Dance Steps 193

9 Postlude: Horizons on the Run 219

Acknowledgments 229

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