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This review is from: Touchin' On Trane (Audio CD)
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.