Frank Wright
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Possibly the most "underground" of all free-jazz musicians, Frank Wright (1935) took the scene by storm with the three jams of his Trio (november 1965) and Your Prayer (may 1967) for a quintet with alto saxophone and trumpet, containing his zenith of pathos, the 15-minute Your Prayer, as well as the 12-minute Fire Of Spirits. While influenced by Albert Ayler, Wright was largely endowed with his own vision of earthly and supernatural sounds. His style displayed little of Ayler's populist and folkish overtones while harking back to Charlie Parker's agile delivery. A bass-less quartet with alto saxophone, piano and drums recorded One For John (december 1969), Uhuru Na Umoja (1970), on themes by Noah Howard, and especially Church Number Nine (march 1970), a massive 45-minute improvisation. Wright experimented with free-form vocals (vocalist Eddie Jefferson) on Kevin My Dear Son (october 1978), that featured trumpet, piano and a classic rhythm section (bassist Reggie Workman and drummer Philly Joe Jones).

Wright died in 1990.

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