Charles Gayle – Set 2.4.1 – Tone Fest

Charles Gayle 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. The tenor saxophonist’s hyper-kinetic free expressionism draws on stylistic devices pioneered in the ’60s by the late free jazz icon Albert Ayler. Like AylerGayle employs a huge tone which, more often than not, he splits into its individual harmonic components. Timbral distortion is a key aspect of Gayle‘s work. His improvisations feature long, vibrating, free-gospel melodies, full of huge intervallic leaps, screaming multiphonics, and a density of line that evidences a remarkable dexterity in all registers of his horn (especially the altissimo). Gayle is also capable of great lyricism, imbued with the same bracing intensity present in his high-energy work.

https://www.allmusic.com/artist/charles-gayle-mn0000806671/biography

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