CHARLES TYLER

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One of the unsung baritonists in jazz, Charles Tyler had a huge tone on his instrument and played with a great deal of fire, usually in fairly free settings. After studying piano growing up in Indianapolis, Tyler switched to clarinet, alto, and finally baritone. Tyler had met Albert Ayler at age 14, and after moving to Cleveland in 1960, he had opportunities to jam with Ayler; in fact, when Tyler moved to New York in 1965, it was specifically to play with the innovative saxophonist. Soon he was part of Ayler's group, recording Bells and Spirits Rejoice, and led two sessions of his own for ESP (1966-1967). Tyler studied with David Baker at Indiana University (1967-1968) before he spent a four-year period teaching and playing with adventurous musicians in Los Angeles, including Arthur Blythe, Bobby Bradford, and David Murray. He moved back to New York in 1973, where he freelanced, read more...
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CHARLES TYLER Charles Tyler Ensemble album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Charles Tyler Ensemble
Avant-Garde Jazz 1966
CHARLES TYLER Eastern Man Alone album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Eastern Man Alone
Avant-Garde Jazz 1967
CHARLES TYLER Charles Tyler/Ensemble : Voyage From Jericho album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Charles Tyler/Ensemble : Voyage From Jericho
Avant-Garde Jazz 1975
CHARLES TYLER Saga of the Outlaws album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Saga of the Outlaws
Avant-Garde Jazz 1978
CHARLES TYLER Folk and Mystery Stories album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Folk and Mystery Stories
Avant-Garde Jazz 1980
CHARLES TYLER Folly Fun Magic Music album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Folly Fun Magic Music
Avant-Garde Jazz 1992
CHARLES TYLER Mid Western Drifter album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Mid Western Drifter
Avant-Garde Jazz 1992

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CHARLES TYLER Live in Europe - Umea album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live in Europe - Umea
Avant-Garde Jazz 1977
CHARLES TYLER Sixty Minute Man album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sixty Minute Man
Avant-Garde Jazz 1980
CHARLES TYLER Definite: Volume 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Definite: Volume 1
Avant-Garde Jazz 1982
CHARLES TYLER Definite Vol. 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Definite Vol. 2
Avant-Garde Jazz 1984
CHARLES TYLER Charles Tyler / Brus Trio ‎: Autumn In Paris album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Charles Tyler / Brus Trio ‎: Autumn In Paris
Avant-Garde Jazz 1988
CHARLES TYLER Live at Sweet Basil, Vol. 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at Sweet Basil, Vol. 1
Avant-Garde Jazz 2006
CHARLES TYLER Live at Sweet Basil Vol. 2 : Charles Tyler joue Monk album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at Sweet Basil Vol. 2 : Charles Tyler joue Monk
Avant-Garde Jazz 2006
CHARLES TYLER At WKCR Studios NY 12-8-74 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
At WKCR Studios NY 12-8-74
Avant-Garde Jazz 2013

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CHARLES TYLER Charles Tyler/Ensemble : Voyage From Jericho

Album · 1975 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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Bari sax player Charles Tyler, one unsung hero of early free jazz generation,met Albert Ayler when them both were just a teens. Tyler moved to New York after Ayler and soon find himself playing in Ayler's band. Tyler recorded "Bells" and "Spirits Rejoice" with Ayler and recorded two albums as leader for legendary ESP (in 1967-68). Than moved to LA for few years where played with Arthur Blythe and David Murray among others. In mid 70s Tyler returned back to New York where he played and occasionally recorded some more albums. Being one of most significant baritonist of his generation (besides of more known Hamiet Bluiett) Tyler never received serious fame or following. In early 80s he toured Europe with Sun Ra Archestra and stayed in Denmark, than relocated to France where passed away in 1992.

"Voyage From Jericho" is Tyler's first in line of albums, released in mid 70's. Excellent quintet,containing Arthur Blythe on alto, acoustic bassist Ronnie Boykins, trumpeter Earl Cross and drummer Steve Reid plays five free-bop originals, warm, groovy and tuneful. As on some other albums, Tyler successfully mixes Ayler's early jazz roots and free reading with Eric Dolphy's free-bop and Pharoah Sanders spiritual jazz. Quite simple,not overloaded music radiates original beauty and naturalism, both were often missed by later generations of free jazz musicians.

Great place to start for fans of Ayler more accessible recordings or Dolphy's free bop. The album has been reissued in France in 1993 (by Bleu Regard) but still stays real obscurity though.

CHARLES TYLER Mid Western Drifter

Album · 1992 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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Kentucky-born bari sax player Charles Tyler met Albert Ayler at age 15, and later relocated to New York to play with him. Tyler participated recording Ayler's "Bells" and "Spirits Rejoice",in 1966 released debut as leader (on ESP-Disk).In late 60s he moved to California to study and teach, played with Arthur Blythe and David Murray among others. His albums,released in late 60s - early 70s contain tuneful and energetic free bop, non-nonsense one, but even at that time he haven't been widely recognized.During 70s he played in New York lofts (incl. Sam Rivers Rivbea),collaborated with Cecil Taylor and Billy Bang,

In 1982 traveling Europe as Sun Ra Archestra's member he decided to stay in Denmark, at the end of the decade relocated to France. During his European period he recorded few more albums,played with local musicians and American ex-repatriates as Steve Lacy. His European releases,all on tiny labels,are even less known than his earlier American works, and it's a shame,since he stays one of rare baritone sax player-band leader with characteristic tuneful free-bop playing,recalling Ayler explosive and noisy but very trad-jazz rooted free jazz.

"Mid Western Drifter" is second of two Tyler released French studio albums,coming from the last decade of his life.Both released in 1992,they contain far not as explosive playing as could be find on his American recordings from early 70s. First of two,"Folly Fun Magic Music" has been recorded with team of young French jazz musicians and even if contain some interesting moments,in whole sounds as lion playing with cats (all obviously enjoy the music they play though). Second, "Mid West Drifter", recorded just some weeks after, contains more mature music, played by trio (with Didier Levallet on bass and Curtis Clark on piano). The album opens with narrative poem of the same title and continues with mid-tempo boppish,bluesy and even trad-jazz influenced compositions, moody,even melancholic,but almost always with freer Tyler's soloing. Even if quite different by expression, all music and Tyler playing in partial recall some Archie Shepp late-70s freer hard bop album. From one hand this music has not much in common with big jazz scenes of early 90s, but from other hand it demonstrates that rare,near unique feel of authentic free-bop,which could be find probably on best 60s recordings only. It's obvious that being almost isolated from contemporary jazz stream of the time, small Scandinavian and France club scenes were that place where that originally American authentic early free bop spirit survived almost till the end of the century not in revival,but in original form.

Steve Tyler passed away in Toulon,France just less than three months after he recorded this his last album,from heart failure at the age of only 51.The only one more album he released during the last decade of his life,besides of two mentioned above",is obscure "Autumn In Paris"(1988) recorded and released in Sweden (on Silkheart)with local Brus Trio(I had a great pleasure to listen them live already as "Brus Sextet" in 2010 in Birstonas Jazz Fest - they played highest probe nu jazz that time).

Closing "Mid Western Drifter" Tyler sings "'Round Midnight" - with melancholy and touch of sadness in his voice.Great album for fans of accessible,soulful and tasteful free bop,it's shame Steve Tyler's name is almost forgotten. He requires more exposition, especially his earlier innovative albums. Fortunately there are some CD releases on market, I would recommend Tyler's European recordings to everyone who like Archie Shepp hard bop music.

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