Lloyd wrote the music on Wild Man Dance for the Jazztopad festival in Wroclaw, Poland, where he performed and recorded those compositions. He was inspired — he says — by the lush landscape.
"There was lots of greenery, there were lots of trees," he says. "It was like a poetic kind of environment for me. Once I started composing the music, I couldn't stop. It just gushed forth."
Now 77, Charles Lloyd describes himself as a "sound seeker."
"The deeper I go in the music, the further I still have to go," he says. "It's like the creator has a carrot on a stick, you know, and I get closer and then he keeps moving it and he says, 'Not yet, Charles.'"
After Lloyd receives his NEA Jazz Master award, he'll be premiering the Wild Man Dance suite for American audiences this month.