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Frank Wright (jazz musician)

Frank Wright
Born (1935-07-09)July 9, 1935
Grenada, Mississippi
Origin Cleveland, Ohio
Died (1990-05-17)May 17, 1990
Genres Jazz
Instruments Tenor Saxophone, vocals
Associated acts Albert Ayler, Bobby Few

Frank Wright (9 July 1935 – 17 May 1990) was a free jazz musician known for his frantic style of tenor saxophone.

Wright was born in Grenada, Mississippi but grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. There he met Bobby Few and Albert Ayler, both of whom became friends and musical influences on Wright who was originally a bass player: before taking up the saxophone, he played in numerous local R&B bands and also toured with B. B. King and Bobby "Blue" Bland.[1] However it was Ayler's musical influence that caused him to switch to saxophone; his style is often associated with Ayler's. In addition to tenor saxophone, he also played the soprano saxophone and bass clarinet. A pioneer of experimental music, he is a widely acclaimed artist among his colleagues in the free jazz movement.


  • Discography 1
    • As leader 1.1
    • As sideman 1.2
  • References 2
  • External links 3


As leader

  • 1965: Frank Wright Trio (ESP Disk)
  • 1967: Your Prayer (ESP Disk)
  • 1969: One For John (BYG Actuel)
  • 1970: Uhuru Na Umoja (America Records)
  • 1972: Center of the World (Center of the World)
  • 1973: Church Number Nine (Calumet)
  • 1974: Unity
  • 1977: Shouting the Blues (Sun)
  • 1978: Kevin, My Dear Son (Sun Records (jazz))
  • 1978: Last Polka in Nancy? (Center of the World)
  • 1979: Stove Man, Love Is The Word' (Sandra)
  • 1982: Eddie's Back In Town (Krona)

As sideman

with Cecil Taylor

with Albert Ayler

with Sunny Murray

  • Spiritual Infinity (unreleased) (Columbia)

with Noah Howard

with Hans Dulfer

  • El Saxofón (Catfish)

with Muhammad Ali

  • Adieu Little Man (Center of the World)

with Alan Silva and Bobby Few

with Georges Arvanitas

with Marvin Peterson

  • The Light (Baystate)

with Saheb Sarbib

  • Aisha (CJR)

with Peter Brötzmann

with Raphe Malik

  • Live at 1369 Club (Boxholder)

with A. R. Penck

  • Prayer for Ingo (Mara)
  • Concert in Ulm (Mara)
  • 3 x 2 = X (Music Corporation)


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External links

  • Allmusic's Frank Wright page
  • Center of the world discography
  • Another discography
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