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The Alto Sessions

by Gayle Barcella Cabras

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ayheisler Stellar playing by all three members of the group -- Gayle continues the tear he was on in the 2010s, illuminating and disquieting at once, while Cabras plays with a heavy swing and Barcella brings weight and color. Though his work on the instrument has been overshadowed a bit by his earlier triumphs on tenor, Gayle is an equally brilliant altoist. "Charles's Speech" is particularly haunting, a ballad seemingly derived from "I Want to Talk About You." This is MUSIC! Favorite track: Three Lonely Legs.
Solitudine 03:30
Balosismik 02:36
Sun Sin 06:29


Charles Gayle remains a living embodiment and voice of the great African American tradition; his sincerity and intensity are recognized as unique and absolutely dazzling. Every Gayle concert is the continuation of the great tradition that can still be called "free", but not in the sense of 'free jazz' that some people still talk about.

Citadelic Gent matched the Italians Giovanni Barcella (Marshall Allen, Arthur Doyle, Bobby Few, JJ Avenel) on drums and bass player Manolo Cabras (Toots Thielemans, Enrico Rava, Paolo Fresu, Roswell Rud , ...) with Gayle on stage for their festival in 2011. The following years they've toured intensively and head out now with a studio recording featuring Gayle on Alto Saxophone, a second album for the trio.

When Gayle first set out on the streets, he did not imagine he would remain homeless as long as he did. In 1988 however, he gained fame through a trio of albums recorded in one week released by Swedish label, Silkheart Records. Since then he has become a major figure in free jazz, recording for labels including Black Saint, Knitting Factory Records, ESP and FMP. Gayle's most celebrated work to date is the album Touchin' on Trane with William Parker and Rashied Ali, which received the "Crown" accolade from the Penguin Guide to Jazz.

The encounter of these spirits is each time immediate and enchanting, the musical cohesion and the respect of the three musicians for each other for ever endless.


released April 4, 2019

Charles Gayle - alto saxophone & piano
Giovani Barcella - selected drums and cymbals
Manolo Cabras - double bass

Recording: at "Motormusic Studio" Mechelen, Belgium on the 27th of October 2017
Mixing & Mastering: Manolo Cabras
Production: Rogé en el NEGOCITO Records
Photograph: Benoit Van Maele
Cover & Design: Dries Verstraete

Available on CD
release 4 april 2019 at Leer, Germany


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