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Albert Ayler - Recorded In Stockholm, October 25th, 1962
Albert Ayler
Recorded In Stockholm, October 25th, 1962
2LP | 2019 | EU (Alternative Fox)
24,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU
Genre:Organic Grooves
Saxophonist Albert Ayler’s work straddled various streams of the jazz idiom. Nearly 50 years after his tragically early death (his drowning in the East River most likely the result of suicide), critics, fans and detractors are still arguing over whether Ayler can be considered a true “free jazz” player or whether his unorthodox style transcended or complimented the moniker. In any case, he was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1936, the son a semi-professional saxophonist who tutored him early on alto sax and exposed him to swing and be-bop, along with the church music that was a big part of his upbringing. After studying at the Cleveland Academy of Music with jazz saxophonist Benny Miller, Ayler became known as “Little Bird” after Charlie Parker, for his mastery of be-bop. As a teenager, he was already playing tenor saxophone in Little Walter’s blues band during school holidays, and when he joined the US Army in 1958, Ayler began playing with fellow GIs such as tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine and the experimental composer, poet and keyboardist Harold Budd; he permanently switched from alto to tenor in this phase. Upon leaving the Army, Ayler sought work in Los Angeles and Cleveland, but found resistance from the purists for his continual pushing of boundaries. Relocating to Sweden in 1962 was the bridge to a successful recording and performing career as he led various Swedish and Danish groups on radio sessions, playing in an informal and uncredited capacity in Cecil Taylor’s band in late 1962. The Albert Ayler Trio then consisted of Ayler, bassist Torbjörn Hultcrantz and drummer Sune Spångberg; four dissonant songs from their live performance on 24 October 1962 would be issued on the Bird Notes label in Sweden as Something Different!!!!!! and reissued overseas as the first edition of The First Recording; it included a barely-recognisable rendition of showtune “I’ll Remember April,” an off-kilter take of Sonny Rollins’ “The Stopper” retitled “Rollins’ Tune,” and a wobbly cut of Miles Davis’ “Tune Up,” along with the original “Free.” The exceedingly rare Volume 2 was also issued on Bird Notes – at least in test pressings with photos of Ayler glued to the cover – comprised of 3 extended meditations of discord, namely blown mutations of showtunes “Softly As In A Morning Sunrise” and “I Didn’t Know What Time It Was,” along with a growling cut of Count Basie’s “Good Bait.”
Albert Ayler - New Grass
Albert Ayler
New Grass
LP | 2020 | US | Original (Third Man)
31,99 €*
Release:2020 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Preorder available from 02.10.2020
Albert Ayler - Bells
Albert Ayler - Prophecy
Albert Ayler
Prophecy
LP | 1975 | EU | Reissue (ESP Disk)
25,99 €*
Release:1975 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Three weeks before this trio recorded ESP-Disk's first jazz album, the epochal Spiritual Unity, it was captured "live" by
Canadian poet Paul Haines (who also recorded the New York Eye and Ear soundtrack [ESP1016]). This is one of the most
influential groups in jazz history, a coming together of like-minded innovators who would be considered crucial
influences by succeeding generations, so there is no question of the immense value of this material.
Albert Ayler - The First Recordings Volume 2
Albert Ayler
The First Recordings Volume 2
LP | 1962 | EU | Reissue (Jeanne Dielman)
14,99 €*
Release:1962 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Recorded in Stockholm on October 25, 1962, this session is one of Ayler’s earliest recordings, featuring a European backing group he assembled during his brief stay there, before returning to the States in 1963 and beginning his legendary run with ESP-Disk and Impulse! Though his genius is not yet fully formed, one can easily hear he’s headed that direction, and this rare and long out of print recording is an essential piece of the history of one America’s most uniquely lyrical voices on the saxophone.
Albert Ayler - The First Recordings
Albert Ayler
The First Recordings
LP | 2016 | EU | Original (Jeanne Dielman)
15,99 €*
Release:2016 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Recorded in Stockholm on October 25th, 1962, this session marks one of Ayler's earliest recordings, featuring a European backing group he assembled during his brief stay there, before returning to the States in 1963 and beginning his legendary run with ESP-Disk and Impulse! Though his genius was not yet fully formed, one can easily hear he's headed that direction, and this rare and long out of print recording is an essential piece of the history of one America's most uniquely lyrical voices on the saxophone.
Albert Ayler - New York Eye & Ear Control
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