Charles Gayle was uncompromising even by the standards of free jazz, and his career has been virtually invisible. Davis recounts a brief interview with the elusive saxophonist and reviews his three comeback CDs and a rare appearance at New York's Knitting Factory. Davis' portrait of Gayle illustrates how he became a legend in the mid-1960s, when Albert Ayler and Archie Shepp were making their mark, and why he still amazes.
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1960s, Archie, avant garde, book excerpts, Buell Neidlinger, Charles Gayle, forgotten jazz players, free jazz, Pharoah Sanders, saxophonists, Wynton Marsalis