Charles Gayle : alto saxophone, piano | Dominic Duval : Bass | Arkadijus Gotesmanas : drums, percussions
Tracks : Side A: * 1. HEARTS CRY 16’48” * 2. THE FLOOD 5’04” Side B: * 3. LOVE CHANGES 8’38” * 4. COMPASSION 7’24” * 5. OUR SOULS 7’08”
All pieces composed by Charles Gayle (JUMBA, ASCAP), Dominic Duval (KATDOM BMI) and Arkadijus Gotesmanas (LATGAA). * recorded 20th June 2009 in Vilnius , at Piano LT. * mixed and mastered by Arunas Zujus at MAMAstudios. * the idea of this session belongs to Arkadijus Gotesmanas * pictures made by Valerij Anosov * design by Oskaras Anosovas. * executive producer – Danas Mikailionis. * co-producer – Valerij Anosov. Limited Edition of 500 records. Numbered copies.
THIS ALBUM IS DEDICATED TO RASHIED ALI
born 1939, a saxophonist, pianist, clarinettist and percussionist, is one the most bizarre personalities on free jazz scene. Some of Gayle’s history is unclear – he is not inclined to go into details when asked about his past. He was apparently homeless for roughly 20 years, playing saxophone on street corners and subway platforms around New York City. He was poor and homeless, relying on donations from passers-by for income.
Born in Buffalo, Gayle began playing music at the age of nine. Except for a couple of years of piano lessons as a child, he was self-taught. Piano was his first and only instrument until he picked up a saxophone when he was 19. In the early 60s, he started visiting New York and jammed with Archie Shepp, Pharoah Sanders among other free jazz pioneers. After moving to New York City in 1972, Gayle led life of a recluse-musician. He made his first significant impact on the free jazz scene with a series of critically acclaimed New York performances at the Knitting Factory in the mid-to late 80s. In 1988, he gained fame through a trio of albums recorded by a Swedish label, Silkheart Records. Since then he has become a major figure in free jazz, recording for labels including FMP (Germany), Knitting Factory Records and Black Saint.
Gayle’s discography amounts to 30 albums. He has performed and recorded with Cecil Taylor, William Parker, Rashied Ali and John Tchicai. In terms of improviser’s talent and emotional charge of his music Gayle can compete with any giant on today’s jazz scene. The saxophonist’s hyper-kinetic free expressionism draws on stylistic devices pioneered in the 60s by the late free jazz icon Albert Ayler. Timbral distortion is a key aspect of Gayle’s work. His improvisations feature huge intervallic leaps, screaming multiphonics, and a density of line that evidences a remarkable dexterity in all registers of his instrument. Gayle is also capable of great lyricism, imbued with the same bracing intensity present in his high-energy work.
Gayle’s childhood was influenced by religion, and his musical roots trace to black gospel music. His music is spiritual, and heavily inspired by the Old and New Testaments. He has explicitly dedicated several albums to God. Indeed, in his concerts Gayle often preaches a religious message and is open about his political views. Sometimes, his concerts remind performances: he dresses as a character he called “Streets the Clown,” complete with costume and face paint. In 2001, Gayle recorded an album titled “Jazz Solo Piano”. In 2006, he followed up with a second album of solo piano, featuring original material, titled “Time Zones”. source
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