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Albert Ayler - Recorded In Stockholm, October 25th, 1962
A1I’ll Remember April
B1Rollins Time
B2Tune Up
C1Softly As In A Morning Sunrise
C2I Didn’t Know What Time It Was
D2Good Bait

Albert Ayler
Recorded In Stockholm, October 25th, 1962

Alternative Fox | Item No: 660153
Vinyl 2LP | 2019 / EU | New
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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.”
Item Details
Item No:660153
Artist:Albert Ayler
Titel:Recorded In Stockholm, October 25th, 1962
Label:Alternative Fox
Format:Vinyl 2LP, Vinyl, LP
Release Date:2019
Genre:Organic Grooves
Style:Jazz / Fusion
Available since:19.07.2019
Price:24,99 €
Weight:500g (plus 250g Packaging)
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