As could be inferred from the title, Delivered
is Charles Gayle's
fusion of propulsive free jazz with traditional gospel. Though the idea sounds unworkable, Gayle
structures the album much more than on his free-flying live dates, and Delivered
is much more focused than Gayle's
other recordings as well. His quartet (including James Jones
on piano, Gerald Benson on bass, drummer Kalil Madi) is given much room to soar on their frequent solos, but Gayle
controls the whole effort with a fine effort, on tenor sax or bass clarinet.