Jack Wright

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Colorado based multi-reedman and consummate improviser Jack Wright rendered these "freely improvised" solo sax performances on the road, while also recording some of these works in his kitchen. No doubt, Wright is an active road warrior and generally aligns his wares with fellow like-minded improvisers. Throughout these 11 works, the artist utilizes alto, tenor, and soprano saxophones for a program consisting of understated lyricism, fragmented themes, and multi-directional flows. Whether he explores the innards of his saxes via split tones, pops, wails, or throaty whispers, Wright's often-fascinating excursions provide a venerable source of amazement. Part of the excitement resides within his intimations or clues, as he generally touches upon spurious notions amid some sort of evolutionary process. It's as though the saxophonist is sharing his innermost thoughts with his audience. Naturally, none of this is intended for casual listening. However, Wright's warm and unaffected approach is augmented by a distinct sense of duality, as he seems to be conversing with his psyche and reacting to his environment in dynamic fashion.

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