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Josef Woodard is a freelance cultural journalist-criticcovering jazz and other musics, art, and film. He has been a contributor to Down Beat and Jazz Times, as well as the Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Variety, Jazziz, Jazz Hot, and other publications. He won an ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for jazz writing in 1998.
"In his words no less than his music, Charles Lloyd has long been a storyteller with a seekers heart. Joe Woodard captures his unique voice in this balanced and empathetic book: part profile, part testimonial, and a valuable resource for anyone looking to understand one of jazzs great living mystery men. Nate Chinen "Charles Lloyd is an American original and about as enigmatic as a functioning human being and successful musical artist can be. Josef Woodard has untangled Charles's reminiscences and life lessons and put them into a linear path that tells the story of a remarkable life. Charles's voicefrom his colorful Memphis use of English to his vulnerability to his ego to his love of lifecomes through intact. Everyone who knows Charles is richer for the experience; this book expands that constituency. Michael Cuscuna