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Charles Tyler was a standout baritone sax player who excelled in avant garde and free improvisation. He is best known for his work with tenor man Albert Ayler. Tyler started out on piano, and then went from alto sax to baritone. He had known Ayler from his teen age years, and finally got to join up with him in New York in 1965, where he was featured on the “Bells,” and “Spirits Rejoice,” sessions. He also left quite a recorded legacy on his own as leader notably “Eastern Man Alone,’ and “Second Album,” both for the ESP label in 1967. His “Saga of the Outlaws” a live set for Nessa done in 1976, is still considered a brilliant set of improvisation. Tyler went on to record his “Definite, Vol

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Rashied Al Akbar / Muhammad Ali / Earl Cross / Idris Ackamoor: Ascent of the Nether Creatures

Read "Ascent of the Nether Creatures" reviewed by John Sharpe

The Lithuanian based No Business label deserves an award for its unstinting documentation of the loft jazz scene in NYC during the 1970s and early '80s. Often characterized as a time when nothing was happening, the reality couldn't be further from the truth. With the influx of new talent from the mid-West and California, the performance ...

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William Parker: Centering - Unreleased Early Recordings 1976-1987

Read "William Parker: Centering - Unreleased Early Recordings 1976-1987" reviewed by John Sharpe

William ParkerCentering: Unreleased Early Recordings 1976-1987No Business Records2012Nobusiness Records has been building up to this monumental, six-disc cache of unreleased early recordings by bassist William Parker for some time. The Lithuanian label's unsurpassed documentation of the New York City loft jazz era has so far encompassed reissues and ...

Eastern Man Alone

Label: ESP Disk
Released: 2011
Track listing: 01. Cha-Lacy's Out East (Tyler); 02. Man Alone (Tyler); 03. Le-Roy (D.Baker); 04. Eastern (Tyler).

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Charles Tyler: Eastern Man Alone

Read "Eastern Man Alone" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Charles Tyler fa parte di quella schiera di musicisti che hanno partecipato alla rivoluzione della New Thing senza assurgere alla statura di eroi o leggendari protagonisti, ma lavorando piuttosto nell'ombra o a fianco di stelle di prima grandezza. Come successe al nostro, che incontrò Albert Ayler a Cleveland lo seguì fino a New York entrando nella ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Russ Gershon: Time Traveler, Four Million Years Later

Read "Russ Gershon: Time Traveler, Four Million Years Later" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Twenty-five years is a long time in jazz. When saxophonist/composer/bandleader Russ Gershon founded the Either/Orchestra back in 1985, trumpeter Miles Davis was on the crest of his jazz/funk comeback wave, and the so-called Young Lions movement fronted by trumpeter Wynton Marsalis was coming into prominence, just as Weather Report--the last of the great '70s fusion bands--was ...

Charles Tyler Ensemble

Label: ESP Disk
Released: 2010
Track listing: Strange Uhuru; Lacy's Out East; Three Spirits; Black Mysticism.

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Independent record label ESP—Disk' is pleased to announce its retail price for all single compact disks will be reduced from $12.98 to $9.98 effective Monday, October 25th for items purchased online at www.espdisk.com. Select double CD's, including the November reissue of “The Complete ESP—Disk' Recordings of Pearls Before Swine" , will be reduced to a $12.98 ...

Frode Gjerstad: A Feral Storm from Norway

Read "Frode Gjerstad: A Feral Storm from Norway" reviewed by Clifford Allen

In February 2010, Norwegian alto saxophonist and clarinetist Frode Gjerstad took the collective Circulasione Totale Orchestra to the United States for a few select performances, the first time the multinational group had been convened on American soil and a massive undertaking and feat of organization for the 62-year-old improviser. The orchestra consists of musicians from Norway, ...

David S. Ware and Joe Rigby: Loft Jazz Soloists

Read "David S. Ware and Joe Rigby: Loft Jazz Soloists" reviewed by Clifford Allen

In the void left by the deaths of saxophonists John Coltrane and Albert Ayler, among the cheap rents in Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn offering space to artists and musicians, the presence of affordable loft spaces birthed an intersection of jazz scenes in the 1970s. The music itself favored a variety of approaches, mostly built on the ...


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