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Charles Gayle: Time Zones

It will come as a surprise to many that Charles Gayle, decorated soldier of free-jazz street warfare, is also a pianist.

On his primary instrument of tenor saxophone, Gayle is like musical chemotherapy: cleansing, perhaps even healing, but toxic. His piano work, however, will not make your hair fall out. Unexpectedly infused with premodern devices from stride, blues and swing, it contains moments of coherence and even fractured lyricism.

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