Joe Gallivan – Austin
with Charles Austin, Saxophones, Flutes, Reeds, Moog Synthesizer, Percussion. Reproduced from album format to compact disk in January 2000. Charles Austin is a creative artist who has slipped through the cracks of the “music industry” yet even at an advanced age is able to keep his skills together as a multi-instrumentalist practicing many hours daily while waiting to be called to perform. Hopefully one doesn’t have to be a musician to hear that his lines and melodies are unique onto him drawing from diverse sources and built in a personal and fluid way. A master of many jazz styles, he a forged a music from ethnic musics combined with a depth only a mature musician with Memphis roots and a thirst for knowledge can even begin to create. This CD originally recorded in 1973 still sounds fresh and vital and you all deserve to hear it. What does Charles Austin deserve?——–certainly not infamy.