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TITLE
The Complete ESP-Disk' Recordings
FORMAT
2CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
ESPDISK 4007CD ESPDISK 4007CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
5/30/2005

Frank Wright, childhood friend of the Ayler brothers, started out (musically speaking) as an R&B bassist, but was convinced by Albert Ayler to switch to tenor sax. He came to be the epitome of the free jazz tenorman, a hard blower whose intensity and "preaching" style earned him the nickname "The Reverend" and the undying respect of the style's connoisseurs. Given the Ayler connection, it's not surprising that he started his recording career as a leader on ESP-Disk' with the two albums compiled here in their entirety, 1965's Frank Wright Trio and 1967's Your Prayer (and, for the first time in this 2005 edition, supplemented by context-providing interview material). Note that the title would more accurately be The Complete Studio ESP Recordings; the 1974 concert recording Unity, issued by ESP in 2006, is not included here. The unrelenting fervor of Wright's playing on these LPs are a wonder of nature.