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Charles Gayle and Shock Jazz

Reviewed January 2005 by Dustin Garlitz, Editor: JazzTalent.com


       Charles Gayle is possibly the most important free jazz saxophonist to emerge since the death of Albert Ayler.  He was originally from Buffalo, but moved to New York City to play jazz during the loft scene.  Living homeless on the streets for years, he played the saxophone night and day.  His most important album is Kingdom Come, although it is rivaled by his album Touchin' on Trane (recorded in Germany with William Parker on bass and Coltrane drummer Rashied Ali).  The album Kingdom Come was recorded live at the Knitting Factory in New York City's Lower Manhattan and features Cecil Taylor band-mates William Parker and Sunny Murray.  Gayle is also featured on Taylor’s Always a Pleasure, recorded live in Berlin.  Be on the look out for Gayle’s alter-ego “Streets”, who dresses up as a clown and hands out bloody doll parts at concerts.