Charles Gayle


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In April 1988, tenor saxophonist Charles Gayle made his recording debut with three CDs for the Silkheart label. His gut-wrenching sound explorations were an extension on Albert Ayler, but in his own powerful voice. While each of the six songs on this disc (five originals and the traditional "Lift Every Voice") have themes, most of the music is taken up by very passionate group improvising. Bassist Sirone and drummer Dave Pleasant support Gayle well, with the tenor being in the forefront most of the time. Powerful music.

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