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Book Review

The Free Musics by Jack Wright

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The Free Musics Jack Wright 316 Pages ISBN: 1537777246 Spring Garden Music Editions 2017 Saxophonist Jack Wright's first encounter with free jazz occurred in 1967, when a chance meeting with Charlie Haden resulted in Wright's being invited to see Haden play with Ornette Coleman. Wright, who had been a conventional jazz saxophonist, describes the music as having struck him as “chaotic" and the experience as having been “traumatic." Nevertheless, five years later he ...

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Album Review

Jack Wright/John M. Bennett/Ben Bennett: Rotty What

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Note to my editor: do not attempt a spell check of this review, as much of the language presented on Rotty What won't be found in any modern language dictionaries.

That's the ticket here: full frontal nudity. Well, substitute spontaneous combustion for the naked parts, and you have an idea what you are in for when poet/mail artist/writer/publisher John Bennett collaborates with saxophonist Jack Wright. This self-produced CD-R documents a mini-tour and performance by the pair with John's son, Ben ...

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Album Review

Jack Wright: The Indeterminate Existence

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The liner notes to The Indeterminate Existence, penned by Jack Wright, indicate that he no longer plays music like what can be heard on these seven tracks from the years 1988-98. While I might disagree, I will note that any occasion Wright steps onto a stage, you will hear something new, conceived and created in that moment.

The seven solo pieces Wright refers to here are all physically demanding note-after-note marathons. What Wright refers to in his liner ...

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Album Review

Jack Wright: As Is: Solos from Beirut and Barcelona

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Dear Mr. Jack Wright,

Please don't sell out your ideals for a quick dollar. With the increasing interest in free jazz improvisation, don't license you music to club DJs for a remix project. If you get an offer, don't do a standards record, a Jack Wright With Strings recording, or a duet session with Tony Bennett, Bono or David Hasselhoff.

Signed, A dedicated listener

Certainly I jest, but indeed the global market ...

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Album Review

Jack Wright / Carol Genetti / Jon Mueller: Nom Tom

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Jack Wright continues to be the greatest free jazz saxophonist you've never heard. But that is his calling, not his choice. He travels the land playing for audiences of two to two hundred, can teach a very inspired history lesson, or scramble some eggs. It makes no difference to him. Wright chose his path long ago, placing creativity above popularity, sound generation above melody.

Recently, more artists have come forward with similar ideas of improvisation. Together they are ...

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Album Review

Jack Wright & Bob Falesch: Clang

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With much admiration, I have followed the very uncompromising career of saxophonist Jack Wright. His dedication to his outer-fringes (not even THE outer-fringes) of music have corralled his music into the margins, the proverbial footnote-to-the-footnote of history. Jack explores the music beyond that of Evan Parker and Mats Gustafsson. He reinvents the honk, the squeak, and the growl as musical conversations. Mr. Wright’s performances are frequently room clearing, or just as often standing ovations. His music is heady, intellectual, coarse ...

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Album Review

Jack Wright: Places To Go

Read "Places To Go" reviewed by Mark Corroto


By Anthony Braxton’s definition, Jack Wright is a very dangerous man. Not danger as in hazards, but dangerous as in possibilities. Braxton classifies musicians as traditionalists (retro-New Orleans), stylists (all those hard-bop clones), and restructuralists (Charlie Parker, John Cage, Sun Ra). The restructualist Wright, like Parker in his time, is walking the precipice of creative music. Working new sonic boundaries, not readily acceptable to the average listener (or even average jazz listener). Wright works on the outer edge of improvisation, ...


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