Frank Wright, Your Prayer

Bill Milkowski

By Bill Milkowski

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Your Prayer

Frank Wright
Blistering and edgy avant-jazz.

A staunch member of New York's seminal avant garde scene of the early '60s, Wright grew up in Cleveland with Albert Ayler, who was his biggest influence on tenor saxophone. This 1967 quintet outing featuring alto saxophonist Arthur Jones, trumpeter Jacques Coursil, bassist Steve Tintweiss and drummer Muhammad Ali (brother of Coltrane's drummer Rashied Ali) showcases Wright's blistering horn work on originals like "Train Stop," "No End," "Fire of Spirits" and the title track along with Jones '"The Lady." This 50-minute excursion is often edgy, but always passionate and compelling.