Daily Download: "Jerry," Frank Wright

Blistering free jazz from an obscure saxophonist who was deeply influenced by Albert Ayler

Published September 7, 2005 7:01AM (EDT)

Frank Wright was a free jazz saxophonist who was deeply influenced by the music of his childhood friend Albert Ayler and his ecstatic, R&B and blues based style, and while not as fleet or formally rigorous a player as Ayler, he was still a powerhouse who followed his bliss to often thrilling results. This track, which catches Wright in his rawest, most caterwauling form, is from his first date as a leader, recorded in 1965 for ESP with Tom Price on drums and the brilliant Henry Grimes on bass.

By Salon Staff

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