What our staff has to say: “Incredible record from Frank Wright. Free & bluesy, but fettering not far from the early 60s. Highly recommend it.” – Alex
Reissue, originally released in 1967. Frank Wright returned to the studio in May 1967 to make his second album using a quintet of players little-known at the time but now legends to free-jazz cognoscenti. Trumpeter Jacques Coursil, who almost made an album for ESP-Disk’ himself, went on to the greatest fame of the players besides Wright; alto saxophonist Arthur Jones was not recorded nearly as often as his talents deserved; Steve Tintweis‘s stint playing with Albert Ayler raised the young bassist’s profile; Muhammad Ali was Coltrane drummer Rashied Ali‘s brother. Together they raise the roof on a free-jazz marathon that still stands as Wright’s magnum opus. “Your Prayer finds Wright refining the bag his solos come from, yet maintaining a firm hold on the ecstatic free-blues shout that makes up most of his solo language… Your Prayer is a rather lengthy slab of high-energy grit, but its unified forward and upward motion make for a firmly rooted sonic liberation.” —Clifford Allen, All About Jazz “Rather intense at times, these emotional performances… still sound groundbreaking three decades later.” —Scott Yanow, All Music Personnel: Frank Wright – tenor saxophone; Arthur Jones – alto saxophone; Jacques Coursil – trumpet; Steve Tintweis – bass; Muhammad Ali – drums.
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