Some modernists are so intent on avoiding cliche that their very own self-consciousness in and of itself becomes a cliche. Others avoid cliche simply because it’s their nature. Saxophonist Charles Gayle is of the latter type. Gayle’s improvisations are as unique and melodically complex as anything you might hear from a first-rate contemporary classical composer, yet they are spontaneously conceived and imbued with a depth of feeling and understanding that can’t be read from a score.
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