All About Jazz is celebrating Charles Gayle's birthday today!
Charles Gayle blew down with hurricane force- the pun is too obvious- out of Buffalo. He drifted in and out of the first great free jazz scenes of the Sixties, playing with Pharoah, Archie Shepp, and other trailblazers. But he says now that his sound then was even more fiery and forceful than it is now, and he couldn't get a recording date. He drifted. He became homeless. He lived as a squatter in an abandoned Lower East Side tenement. He found Jesus. He kept playing. His music retained its hard industrial edge. It sent listeners through the wall. It busted them out of the...Read more.
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