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  • Audio CD (10 April 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Free Music Production
  • ASIN: B00000AQ38
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 525,585 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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One of the best free records of the nineties. Charles Gayle has been playing a style in the vein of Coltrane and Ayler since the late 1960's. A mixture of racial prejudice and lack of formal education layed Gayle homeless on the streets of New York for some 20s years. It was here Gayle honed his awesome technique and endurance in the bitter cold, and jammed with the city sounds and police sirens that transmuted the landscape.

Fast forward to the late eighties and Gayle is 'rediscovered' and playing with the hottest cats in Free Jazz. Gayle joins forces with ex-trane drummer Rashied Ali and the incredible William Parker on Double-bass to create some of the most staggering and energetic music recorded this decade. To call Gayle's improvisation stream of conscious does not do him any justice. This isn't just on the spot creation but an intense focus on contour, motif and texture that threatens to throw the listener off this musical whirling dervish lest any distraction of the listeners mind inteferes. The interplay is incredible and sounds like a force of nature. This CD gives out its greatest rewards when listened to intensely. I would reccomend this to any fan of honest music.
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By A Customer on 15 April 2005
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Few people can do justice to a title claiming a connection with John Coltrane but this certainly lives up to the claim. Charles Gayle really plays stunningly on this and Ali and Parker both do wonders throughout.
This is probably closest to John Coltrane's work from 65 or later rather than the earlier more 'conventional' (relatively speaking) stuff. So if that's appealing to you this is one of the few more recent recordings to approach the beauty, passion and intelligence of those works.
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First, I have no hesitation in recommending this record. I am trying to decide whether in a blind test I would immediately realise this wasn't John Coltrane, his work does change a bit over the years and I am only a little bit familiar with a little bit of it. I came to the disc from a Jazz on (Radio) Three programme, now I'm looking for some of his piano work .... and a website in case he ever comes to play in England
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The Buffalo-born saxophonist Charles Gayle(b. 1939) was a street musician and homeless for much of the time until he was 'discovered' in the 1980s.
This powerful trio album was recorded in Berlin on October 31 & November 1, 1991 with Gayle(tenor saxophone); William Parker(bass) & Rashied Ali(drums).
This expressive and emotional music does indeed 'touch on John Coltrane' at times but is also reminiscent of Albert Ayler's spiritual playing.
'Touchin' On Trane' may be strong meat for some but anyone sympathetic to free-jazz should find much to enjoy during these 66 minutes of intense and passionate music.
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HASH(0x9b677fb4) out of 5 stars Speaking in Tongues 23 Jan. 2004
By Christopher Forbes - Published on
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Charles Gayle - Touchin' on Trane
The story of Charles Gayle is a modern day Romantic legend. A veteran of the New York free jazz scene of the late 60s and early 70s, Gayle could never quite fit in with the scenes in the city. His aggressive saxophone style dominated the groups he played with at a time when the idea of the "collective" was in the air. Gayle's tenor style was as aggressive as Albert Ayler, and perhaps even more uncompromising. So somewhere in the early 70s he disappeared onto the streets and remained there for almost 20 years, playing for change and living where ever he could. In the late 1980s he was rediscovered by the manager of the Kitchen in New York and he made a triumphant return to performing and recording.
Gayle has definite scars from his years on the streets. And he also has a reputation for ideas that are not politically correct. Gayle is a born again Christian and makes no secret about it, with a heavily religious content to the titles of his albums and in some club dates, monologues at the audience about religion, morality and abortion, all fueled by his religious background. This has caused Gayle to be boycotted by some clubs. But if one can get past the politics and disagreements that you might have with his religion, Gayle is an astonishing musician. This album, Touchin' on Trane, is perhaps the best recording to introduce yourself to the wild art of this unique artist.
The trio on this group includes the marvelous William Parker on bass and Coltrane's final drummer, Rashid Ali. The combination could not be better. Parker and Ali work together like hand and glove. Parker is unique among his generation of free jazz bassists, in that he is not afraid of a groove. Parker can do a free walk with the best of them as is evidenced by the first cut on the album. Ali made his name as the drummer who drove Elvin Jones out of the Trane ensemble, and as a musician who did away with pulse in a quest for a free music devoid of the "tyranny of the beat". And yet, on this album, Ali shows he can swing as hard as any bebopper. Together, they form a terrific bass over which to feature Gayle's wild blowing.
Gayle himself is a wonder on this album. His style is influenced by the overblowing of the Albert Ayler school, particularly the early trio records Ayler made. But if you listen you can also hear the roots of this music in the primitive Gospel music of Pentacostal churches. Gayle in fact believes that the music he heard in black churches was as free as any avant-garde music. Much has been made of the "glossalia" aspect of the music of Albert Ayler. The same could be said for Gayle. His improvisations are more than just music; they are truly "speaking in tongues". All of the cuts on the album are freely improvised, with not tunes or heads. Gayle's improvisations start out where other musicians a fevered pitch, and they go up from there. This is extreme music, extremely well played. The cuts range from up tempo numbers to fast, unmetered pieces, to wide, Ayler-style ballads. Gayle's voice on tenor is dominating, but always controlled.
Gayle is perhaps one of the best documented of modern free jazz musicians. This recording, though it doesn't include any examples of Gayle's unique alto style or his individualistic approach to the piano, or his work on bass clarinet, is still perhaps the best place to begin exploring this important improviser. The sound is strong and compelling. And, for those who have difficulty with the musician's belief set, this one makes no reference to these beliefs. Progressives can listen to this album with a clear conscience.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b67b2dc) out of 5 stars An excellent set 24 Aug. 2000
By Stephen - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Unlike other reviews, I believe this set, more than anything else I've heard, carries on the spirit of Coltrane. This music does "TOUCH" on Trane from time to time. With Ali (a former drummer for Trane) and Parker (a Garrison student) as a rhythm section there are some obvios references to Trane. Gayle's playing here is also in that tradition. While Gayle's Live From the Knitting factory sets have a strong Ayler feel, I don't find that to be the case on this one. And the reference to Coleman is strange since Gayle's tone and playing style bear no relation to Ornette.
Its a great CD, not nearly as "out" as Gayles other work.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b67b450) out of 5 stars The quintessential Charles Gayle album 25 Feb. 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Although it is named after John Coltrane, this album owes more to Albert Ayler and Ornette Coleman. The fact that Rashied Ali plays on it is sure to draw comparison to late period Coltrane, but Gayle plays more anger and less delicacy than Coltrane, which makes the overall feel of this album thoroughly modern. To add to this asthetic, William Parker plays with unrelenting endurance to provide a solid, though thundering, foundation for the trio. This album is no stretch for Ali. He plays with usual graceful explosiveness (how many crash cymbals does that guy have?) This is the quintessential Charles Gayle album.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b67b21c) out of 5 stars Really Never Stops Giving 11 Mar. 2006
By Mojave Fan - Published on
Format: Audio CD
If you like late Coltrane - particularly if you appreciate Ali's drumming - you can't miss with this CD. I have listened to it regularly for a few years now, and it really represents a peak for all these artists.

This isn't "energy music" (a term of questionable value to begin with), this is a group of artists who understood the essence of late Coltrane and brought more of it forward.

It is a great place to start with the solo catalogs of any of these artists, and also fantastic if you have all the late Coltrane and are looking for something new to give you *that feeling*.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b67b924) out of 5 stars Free Jazz but...Polished 24 July 2008
By GB - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Yes this is free jazz and therefore is not for everybody and is for those who have really delved into music and can get into something rather avante garde. But if you have made that journey and are ready for something like that this is IT! I have never heard a drummer improv so well with the sax and just sound so unique and vibrant to say nothing of the sax itself. Listen to the first track and you know you have heard something unlike anything else you have heard before. Very little in music is so consistently surprising as this cd. It is not easy listening and I would recommend listening to it in pieces at first. I am not certain what it is about this cd but it just has something. If you like things like Andrew Hill or Dolphy or Vienna Art Orchestra you maybe ready for something like this...maybe. Give it a chance and see.
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