Charles Gayle

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades: 1990s 2000s


28 February 1939, Buffalo, New York, USA. While working in industry, Gayle studied piano in his spare time. Eventually taking up the tenor saxophone, he became involved in the New York avant garde movement of the 60s. At the end of the decade he was back in his home town but returned to New York where for the next decade he often scuffled for work, sometimes playing in obscure venues and even in the subway. He worked briefly with Sunny Murray and in 1984 was heard by Peter Kowald who, recognizing a fellow free improvising spirit, invited him to visit Europe. During the late 80s and early 90s, Gayle played in various US and European locations, and also made records under his own name and in a trio with William Parker and Rashied Ali. A forceful, dramatic player in the ferocious sound-and-fury tradition of New York’s loft scene, Gayle is also very effective when he plays bass clarinet. He has continued to play piano occasionally, albeit less successfully than...

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