Charles Lloyd's story is a special one, and it intersects with important moments in jazz history. Lloyd grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, and had early contact both to masters of an increasingly sophisticated jazz tradition and the raw voices of the blues. Booker Little was a childhood friend, Phineas Newborn a mentor. In his teens Lloyd hit the road with Howlin' Wolf. He befriended Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry and Billy Higgins in a period when blueprints for musical freedom were redrawn, and replaced Eric Dolphy in Chico Hamilton's band, building a reputation as an exceptional saxophonist and a composer of strikingly original melodies. His own groups drew together some of the day's most exciting players, and his late 60s quartet with Keith Jarrett and Jack DeJohnette made a huge impact, playing opposite Hendrix and Janis Joplin at the Fillmore Auditorium, touring Europe's festivals to great acclaim, making a now-legendary foray into the Soviet Union, and selling a million copies of their Forest Flower album, a massive FM radio hit.