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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 day-to-day grind into a divine ecstasy

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Article: History of Jazz

Groove Town: Buffalo Jazz And Its Legacy - Historical Insights

Read "Groove Town: Buffalo Jazz And Its Legacy - Historical Insights" reviewed by Barbara Ina Frenz


From early on, Buffalo attracted musicians as a place to live and pursue their artistic endeavors—and they were excellent ones: Lil Hardin Armstrong, Jimmie Lunceford, Pete Johnson, and Stuff Smith. Dodo Greene, two masters of polyrhythm, Frankie Dunlop and Clarence Becton, as well as pianist and bassist Wade Legge grew up here. Two distinctive voices on ...

News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Charles Gayle

Jazz Musician of the Day: Charles Gayle

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 ...

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Article: Interview

Michael Bisio: In His Own Words

Read "Michael Bisio: In His Own Words" reviewed by Mark Corroto


If you happen to be a liner note geek you probably have noticed the name Michael Bisio mentioned frequently on album sleeves. Whether the author is the session leader or analyst, the general consensus is the bassist is the cornerstone upon which great music is built. His playing allows a fellow musician to access not only ...

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Article: Album Review

Roy Campbell / John Dikeman / Raoul van der Weide / Peter Jacquemyn / Klaus Kugel: When The Time Is Right

Read "When The Time Is Right" reviewed by John Sharpe


This date from 2013 presents New York City based guests trumpeter Roy Campbell and German drummer Klaus Kugel with three Amsterdam-located improvisers as part of the DoEK organization's annual Festival. Campbell, a stalwart of the NYC avant scene who died in 2014, gained early exposure with Jemeel Moondoc's Ensemble Muntu and went on to helm his ...

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Article: Album Review

Albert Ayler: New York Eye and Ear Control Revisited

Read "New York Eye and Ear Control Revisited" reviewed by Mark Corroto


The backstory of New York Ear and Eye Control is a significant factor in the music and the direction free jazz took in the 1960s. Filmmaker Michael Snow commissioned Albert Ayler's trio with bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Sunny Murray to record a thirty-minute soundtrack for a movie, “Walking Woman," he had yet to film. As ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

The Latest From Clean Feed Records

Read "The Latest From Clean Feed Records" reviewed by Mark Corroto


2021 marks the twentieth year of Lisbon's Clean Feed Records. Listeners went from thinking ”who knew there was jazz in Portugal?" to acknowledging the label as the flag bearer of jazz' vanguard. Besides releasing music by Evan Parker, Mats Gustafsson, Steve Lehman, Julius Hemphill, Charles Gayle, Anthony Braxton, Elliott Sharp, Eric Revis, Harris Eisenstadt, and Kris ...

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Article: Album Review

Ivo Perelman: Special Edition Box: Procedural Language

Read "Special Edition Box: Procedural Language" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Ivo Perelman and Matthew Shipp: how many duo recordings have their been? Five? A dozen? More like sixteen, and that's not taking into account the double, triple, quadruple releases, nor Perelman/Shipp's recordings in trio, quartet, and quintet formats. The numbers boggle the mind, and truth be told, flatten the wallet. While you may ask why so ...

News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Charles Gayle

Jazz Musician of the Day: Charles Gayle

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 ...

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Article: Book Review

Universal Tonality: The Life and Music of William Parker

Read "Universal Tonality: The Life and Music of William Parker" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Universal Tonality: The Life And Music Of William Parker Cisco Bradley 384 Pages ISBN: # 978147801014 Duke University Press 2021 Who is William Parker? He is a jazz bassist, yes. But he is also a band leader, composer, writer & poet, community organizer, peace activist, and cultural anthropologist. Cisco ...


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