|2005 Digitally REMASTERED 2-Disc Set from the original tapes! ESP-Disk, an independent record label from 1965, has gone back to the pressing plant for the first time since 1968.
Frank Wright, the warm, out-going, exuberant tenor, tore into his music with great physicality and a unique, bright, brash signature. Surrounded by stellar musicians on his two ESP sessions, and playing much of his own material, it is here that Frank truly came into his own as a leader and an innovator. Set includes over 13 minutes of previously unreleased interviews. Digitally remastered from the original tapes. Sound quality far exceeds any previous CD issue.
Disc One is a remastered version of 1965's 'Frank Wright Trio' album plus the bonus interviews :
All of tenor saxophonist Frank Wright's recordings can be considered a bit of a blowout. For his debut as a leader, Wright (who is joined by bassist Henry Grimes and drummer Tom Price) rips into three of his originals: "The Earth," "The Moon" and "Jerry." Due to the brevity of this CD reissue (34 minutes), his follow-up ESP date Your Prayer gets the edge, but both are easily recommended to open-eared listeners who enjoy hearing fiery sound explorations.
Disc Two is a remastered version of Wright's 1967 album 'Your Prayer' :
For his second and final ESP date as a leader, avant-garde tenor saxophonist Frank Wright teams up with four little-known players (altoist Arthur Jones, trumpeter Jacques Coursil, bassist Steve Tintweiss, and drummer Muhammad Ali) for passionate explorations of four of his originals plus Jones' "The Lady." Rather intense at times, these emotional performances (which, unusual for an ESP date, clock in at over 50 minutes) still sound groundbreaking three decades later. One of Frank Wright's finest recordings.
Disc One: Frank Wright ( Tenor Sax ), Henry Grimes ( Bass ), Tom Price ( Drums ).
Disc Two : Frank Wright ( Tenor Sax ), Arthur Jones ( Alto Sax ), Jacques Coursil ( trumpet), Steve Tintweiss ( Bass ), Muhammad Ali ( Drums ).