RIP Arthur Doyle

Burning Ambulance has a nice profile of Arthur Doyle, who passed away yesterday at 69.

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As early as the late 1970s, Doyle was working in the blurry zone between free jazz and noise-rock as a member of guitarist Rudolph Grey‘s Blue Humans; he can be heard on Live NY 1980, along with drummer Beaver Harris. In the 1990s and 2000s, he was embraced by Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth; he put out an album, The Songwriter, on the guitarist’s Ecstatic Peace label, and the band even namechecked him on the song “Kim Gordon and the Arthur Doyle Hand Cream.” He recorded prolifically, though not everything was brilliant. A trio disc, Live in Japan 1997, with Les Rallizes Dénudés guitarist Takashi Mizutani and drummer Sabu Toyozumi, is hard to find but worth the search. A pair of duo discs with legendary free jazz drummer Sunny Murray—2000′s Dawn of a New Vibration, on Fractal, and 2001′s Live at Glenn Miller Café, on Ayler, are also of interest, the former more than the latter.