Hard-hitting, no-nonsense tenor saxophone with roots in R&B and (especially) 1960s Free Jazz is what to expect from Frank Lowe. The Tennessee-born reedman debuted in 1973 for the legendary ESP label; he has since built an impressive discography -- hampered only by his prolonged absence from the scene in the late '80s and early '90s. His material covers a focused spectrum, ranging from full-throttle free playing (see Duo Exchange, a scorching duet LP with ex-John Coltrane drummer Rashied Ali, for a good example) to bluesy, more conventionally swinging free bop and Post Bop (see Decision in Paradise or Bodies & Souls). There's nothing too fancy about what he does. However, his to-the-point soloing, his wonderfully throaty tenor sax tone (augmented by an array of gruff screams and hollers), and his able writing skills make him well worth checking out for those into the earthier side of the so-called jazz avant-garde.