This is a fairly brief set of Charles Tyler tunes recorded at the WKCR Studios, NY, NY, arguably the best jazz radio station anywhere.
Four tracks in all - total time 39:23
Track 1 recorded 12-8-74
Charles Tyler Alto Sax
Earl Cross Trumpet
Ken Hudson Bass
Steve Reid Drums
Tracks 2,3 recorded 3-14-77
Charles Tyler Baritone Sax, Alto Sax,Voice
Phillip Wilson Drums Voice
Track 4 interview at time of rebroadcast in 1983
The first track features the key players of Earl Cross and Steve Reid which in July of the same year recorded the wonderful "Voyage from Jericho" with Ronnie Boykins stepping in on bass and with Arthur Blythe making a guest appearance on a couple of tracks. Reid was also on next year's "Live in Europe", both rereleased on the Bleu Regard label out of France, but becoming very scarce these days, I believe. Both are very good, but the Jericho is essential. Also look out for the extensive "Saga of the Outlaws" on the Nessa label.
The second and third tracks are playful, improvisational duos (theatrics and dramatics) with Philip Wilson (who also made a very fine duo record with Lester Bowie at about this time, briefly mentioned in the interview snippet at the end of this collection).
Tyler would often alternate between alto and baritone. Personally I prefer his alto sax, which better brings out the sweet melancholy of his tone, but the gruffness of the baritone does not hide it completely.
This is another Dime download/seed, but, oddly enough, no takers, so I'm hoping for a little more responsiveness here. Tyler deserves it.