Wright, Frank Quartet / Blues For Albert Ayler
Album: Blues For Albert Ayler   Collection:Jazz
Artist: Wright, Frank Quartet   Added:Feb 2013
Label: Esp-Disk'  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2013-07-07 Pull Date: 2013-09-08 Charts: Jazz
Week Ending: Aug 11 Jul 14
Airplays: 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Aug 04, 2013: Street Hassle
Blues For Albert Ayler: Part 2
2. Jul 11, 2013: Rebop
Blues For Albert Ayler: Part 4

Album Review
librae jackson
Reviewed 2013-06-28
Frank Wright Quartet/Blues for Albert Ayler/ESP

Improvisational jazz, led by the tenor sax of Frank Wright. Recorded in 1974, and released posthumously. No discernable grooves, but fans of vintage free jazz might enjoy. The album is divided into 6 parts, but consider that it was originally recorded as one continuous performance.

1. Part I. (12:50)
The performance opens with a sophisticated Coltrane feel. As the improv progresses, the tension increases and the playing gets louder.

2. Part II (5:10)
Five minutes of crisp, energetic drumming that manages to keep the attention, despite the frenetic nature.

3. Part III (14:38)
Seeing that this album was edited into 6 parts, this track obviously picks up where Part II's drumming left off. Here, the music changes direction, as the tempo and intensity increase.

4. Part IV (12:13)
Starts with a nice acoustic bass solo that begins with fierce plucks of the fingers, and transitions into dramatic movements of the bow upon the strings at 0:54. The bow work endures, until the end of the track.

5. Part V (23:58)
Bass soloist reverts back to the finger plucking, and is quickly joined by drums and flute. After the flute solo, the baton is passed to the electric guitar at 3:45, where some intricate strumming is heard, throughout the rest of the track.

6. Part VI (5:47)
As if to say "let's wrap this thing up," Frank Wright's tenor sax leads the ensemble toward a climactic conclusion, with the drums having the final say, followed by Frank's spoken message of "Merci beaucoup" to the audience.

Librae Jackson

Track Listing
1. Blues For Albert Ayler: Part 1   4. Blues For Albert Ayler: Part 4
2. Blues For Albert Ayler: Part 2   5. Blues For Albert Ayler: Part 5
3. Blues For Albert Ayler: Part 3   6. Blues For Albert Ayler: Part 6