Josef Woodard’s Charles Lloyd: A Wild, Blatant Truth is an unauthorized biography. But it’s hard to imagine any authorized volume providing richer perspectives on one of jazz’s living visionaries.
A longtime contributor to a broad range of publications (including JazzTimes), Woodard grew up and lives in Santa Barbara, Calif. This brought him into the orbit of tenor saxophonist Lloyd, who settled in the city with his wife and manager, Dorothy Darr, following a self-imposed “hermitage” in the state’s Big Sur wilderness region. The proximity led to a two-decades-and-counting association, Woodard frequently interviewing Lloyd about a life that saw him recede from the heights of commercial success in the late ’60s and then re-emerge during the ’80s as one of the music’s most exploratory elder statesmen.