'60s recordings featuring free jazz pioneer Wright on tenor sax. Tempos aren't so fast, but that's balanced by Wright's forceful, almost violently emotional style. Definite jazzy feel throughout; many tracks use a catchy theme to quickly launch into wild solos.
At first glance, Wright's playing seems less agile and adept than that of some contemporaries; his sax becomes more of a blunt instrument than a surgical tool. He has the right ideas and attitude, though, and gets some good support from the other horns on Disk 2. All told, this is a satisfying and uplifting document of some deserving '60s work.
Disk 1 includes several interview tracks with Bernard Stollman, founder of the ESP-Disk label, and Wright. Stollman is eloquent; Wright is, um, sometimes difficult to follow.
DISK ONE -- Henry Grimes on bass!
1- Slow. Gruff, burly sax over a cool-handed bass & drums. Bass solo for about 1/2 the track.
2- Midtempo, bouncy, boppish. With aggressively growling sax.
3- Midtempo. Again, lots of heavy, burly sax
4-12- Interviews: (4,8) Stollman discusses his discovery of Wright. (8,9,10) are about how the European market is so much kinder to these musicians. (9) includes vibist Khan Jamal.
(11)- has one *FCC*, right near the end.
DISK TWO -- quintet w/two other horns
1- Mid/slow, grand theme
2- Midtempo start but high energy buzzing soon after
3- Fast. Parade-like horn theme, then massive fast blowing
4- Busy fast.
5- Slow, reverent, but still with that forceful sound