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The Charles Gayle Trio: Look Up

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Fire-breathing saxophonist Charles Gayle has had to wait a long time for his ESP-disk debut. Allegedly, there was a 1974 session in the can, but the label folded in its earlier incarnation, before it saw the light of day. But now, a 1994 live date from Santa Monica has been issued on the revived imprint. Recorded during the spell that saw issue of such titles as Consecration (Black Saint, 1993), Kingdom Come (Knitting Factory Works, 1994) and Testaments (Knitting Factory Works, 1995), Look Up sits firmly within the reedman's high-octane period.At this time, Gayle was the epitome of ...

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Charles Gayle Trio: Streets

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The cover of Streets shows saxophonist Charles Gayle in his titular clown persona, the look on his face conveying a multitude of emotion. And that is precisely what Gayle is all about--a musician who parlays love, joy, happiness, laughter and sadness into his music.Gayle packs a wallop in his playing. His approach drives a myriad shades, high registers dipping into soft contours, probing and dissolving into an all-out attack. The moment is defined in the instant, with surprise a constant companion.Gayle's phrasing and tone are just the right cohorts for some stimulating playing. His tone may ...

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Charles Gayle: Holiday Selection

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Downtown veteran, multi-instrumentalist Charles Gayle's style suits all sorts of situations. It works equally well as an irresistible morning wake-up call or an unusual choice of late night, post-coital soundtrack. Whether he is playing tenor saxophone or viola, once heard, Gayle is not quickly forgotten. With the holiday season upon us, the selection below is a great package to gift to in-laws. You may not see them often, but they are in your thoughts! TrackNameTimeArtistAlbum1Take Refuge24:58Charles GayleMore Live2Drink3:57Charles GayleDaily Bread3O Father15:16Charles GayleConsecration4Our Sins6:42Charles GayleDaily Bread5Drink3:57Charles GayleDaily Bread Photo CreditDave Kaufman ...

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Vision Festival 2010: Day 4, June 26, 2010

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Prologue | Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5 | Day 6 | Day 7Areni Agbabian, Lorenzo Sanguedolce, Go-Zee-Lah Reggie Nicholson, Borah Bergman, Ned Rothenberg Mark Helias, Tony Malaby, Charles GayleVision FestivalAbrons Arts CenterNew York CityJune 26, 2010Saturday was a long day at the Vision Festival, starting in the afternoon with a series of shows by relative newcomers in the Emerging Artists segment and then, after a brief hiatus, continuing with a full night's program. For those with the appetite, between those times there ...

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Charles Gayle: Live at Crescendo and Forgiveness

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By Any Means Live at Crescendo Ayler 2008 Charles Gyale Trio Forgiveness Not Two 2008

20 years ago Charles Gayle forged a reputation for iron chops, a relentless attack and Biblical fervor, a time when a 25-minute tune would have been considered the “short" one. In the intervening years as Gayle has aged (and mellowed) he's put aside his tenor to sit down at the piano and now when he stands ...

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Charles Gayle: Touchin' On Trane

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A long time ago, there was an advertising line: “The Rolling Stones are not just a band; they are a way of life." That ad man was of course tapping into the old adage of jazz: if you don't live it, it won't come through your music. In the '90s, The New Thing of the '60s came back with tremendous energy and no one embodied that energy better than Charles Gayle. At almost 70 years old, he still plays with the conviction and strength of a Coltrane or Rollins in their twenties and thirties. This CD, one of the strongest ...

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Charles Gayle Trio: Forgiveness

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His story is familiar to many. Charles Gayle, the many times homeless saxophonist, plays his signature firebrand music and testifies to his religious faith in equal measure. Known for his tenor, he also plays the piano (an early instrument for him) with his unique style that is simultaneously old school and modern.

Here he is recorded in his familiar trio format playing live in Lodz, Poland in 2007. Gayle's playing partners are the frequent bassist Hilliard Greene and drummer Klaus Kugel.

The less than perfect audio does not distract from the intensity of these tracks. Gayle ...

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Charles Gayle at the Red Rose Club, London

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Charles Gayle, William Parker, Mark Sanders Red Rose Club London, England September 21, 2007

Charles Gayle was so keen to get started that he launched his opening salvo--a short repeated squeal of a motif--almost before drummer Mark Sanders had finished thanking promoters Birmingham Jazz for making this short English tour happen. Sanders' initiative had brought together free jazz legend Charles Gayle and long time collaborator, NYC bassist extraordinaire William Parker, to form a trio of unassuming power and unexpected sensitivity.

London's Red Rose Club hosted the final night of the six date English tour, ...

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Charles Gayle: Live At The Glenn Miller Cafe & Consider The Lilies...

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Charles Gayle Live at Glenn Miller Cafe Ayler 2006 Charles Gayle Consider The Lillies... Clean Feed 2006

When 67-year old multi-instrumentalist Charles Gayle takes the stage, audiences brace for an onslaught. Melodic fragments from his saxophone swell into dramatic runs and trills, culminating in piercing shrieks and whistles, or the pounded bass notes of a grand piano. Gayle's scorching saxophone sound, honed on the streets of NYC during two decades of ...

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Charles Gayle: Time Zones & Live at the Glenn Miller Cafe

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Two new releases illuminate for anyone with ears the genius of Charles Gayle. Another crucial release from Ayler Records, the Charles Gayle Trio's Live at Glenn Miller Cafe, spends a vibrant evening, recorded earlier this year, with Gayle on alto re-imagining such standards as “Giant Steps, and “What's New, as well as featuring a few highly original compositions. Tompkins Square records releases Time Zones, a collection of originals played by Gayle on solo piano guaranteed to drop the jaws of fans solely familiar with the legendary reedman's stampeding improvisations. Imagine ten at once with a Tatumesque streak coloring his attack. ...

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Charles Gayle at Ortlieb's Jazzhaus in Philadelphia

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Charles Gayle Ortlieb's Jazzhaus Philadelphia PA July 13, 2006

In the annals of jazz, Charles Gayle's story is unique. Gayle originally came to prominence as a free jazz tenor and alto saxophonist. In the early 1990s Gayle found religion. His concerts became sermon. Gayle would preach instead of playing his music. Eventually he became homeless, playing his sax on the streets of New York.

Fortunately Gayle rose like a phoenix, reinventing himself. He returned to the jazz world, now playing piano, his first but long-abandoned instrument. He is currently touring in support ...

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Charles Gayle: Always Reaching

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Charles Gayle's life and art must certainly inspire anyone choosing to look at it. A humble, articulate man who laughs easily, he's seen more than his share of hard times. Yet now, at 65, his creative arc takes the upswing as critics and audiences begin to catch up. A highly original saxophonist, Gayle resumed his piano studies in the last decade and has released his second collection of solo piano performances, Time Zones. At times playing with enough force and ideas per finger to suggest a blues drenched Conlon Nancarrow piano roll, the tour de force opens another window on ...

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Charles Gayle: Time Zones

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If Charles Gayle had not already made a piano recording (Jazz Solo Piano, Knitting Factory, 2000), this one would have come as a more of a surprise. To repeat what has been said often enough, Gayle is best known as a saxophonist whose horn spews molten lava. But his first love was the piano. And while the earlier effort was comprised of jazz standards, this one features all original material.

Gayle firmly stamps his credentials as a pianist on Time Zones. He has an inventive left hand that conjures complex chords and an investigative right that travels the ...

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Charles Gayle: Time Zones

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As Charles Gayle has forged himself a parallel path as a pianist, he has afforded listeners an entirely different insight into his musical thinking. This is just as it should be with any individual who specialises in instruments as different as the piano and the tenor sax.

Time Zones might just be his most successfully realised piano work on record. As a solo pianist, he has an uncanny and most welcome knack for being himself, and while Cecil Taylor references might be pertinent in places, the lyricism of “Rush To Sunrise" is nothing if not entirely personal; certainly, his lyricism ...



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