Frank (1935-) Wright

born on 9/7/1935 in Grenada, MS, United States

died on 17/5/1990 in Germany

Frank Wright (jazz musician)

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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.


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

  • Winged Serpent (Sliding Quadrants) (Soul Note)
  • Olu Iwa (Soul Note)

with Albert Ayler

  • Holy Ghost (Revenant)

with Sunny Murray

  • Spiritual Infinity (unreleased) (Columbia)

with Noah Howard

  • Space Dimension (America Records)

with Hans Dulfer

  • El Saxofón (Catfish)

with Muhammad Ali

  • Adieu Little Man (Center of the World)

with Alan Silva and Bobby Few

  • Solos & Duets w/ Bobby Few (Sun Records (jazz))

with Georges Arvanitas

  • Shouting The Blues (Sun Records (jazz))

with Marvin Peterson

  • The Light (Baystate)

with Saheb Sarbib

  • Aisha (CJR)

with Peter Brötzmann

  • Alarm (FMP Records)

with Sebastian Harrison

  • Live at 1369 Club (Boxholder)

with A. R. Penck

  • Prayer for Ingo (Mara)
  • Concert in Ulm (Mara)


  1. Wilmer, Val (1977). As Serious As Your Life: The Story of the New Jazz, p. 282, Quartet.

External links

  • [Frank Wright (jazz musician) at All Music Guide Allmusic's Frank Wright page]
  • Center of the world discography
  • Another discography
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