It is with a heavy heart that we confirm the passing of Arthur Doyle, a performer of what he called “free jazz soul.” He died on January 25. We’ll be posting an essay on him next week, so for now, we’ll just leave you with some quotes and a few videos: one solo, one with drummer Sunny Murray, and one of a track off his 1978 debut, Alabama Feeling.
“You can’t separate the singing from the saxophone. You can’t separate the flute from the saxophone. You can’t separate none of it from the saxophone. It all revolves around one instrument, and that is Me, Myself.”
“I love being underground, man.”
“When I play in front of an audience I try to communicate all the things that happen to me in this life, the life before that, and the life after that.”
• Arthur Doyle: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Doyle