Friday, January 29, 2010

Albert Ayler - Live In Greenwich Village: The Complete Impulse Recordings (1965) (320)

In my opinion, this is the most solid example of what free jazz can and should be. Albert Ayler stretches the sound capabilities of the tenor saxophone, making just about every noise imaginable. Through his shrill wailing you can hear a wide influence of musical traditions, from demented marches to despairing funeral dirges and everything in between. The Brothers Ayler work together in creating a primitive interpretation of the melodies, and compliment each other well when they harmonize. When you think it sounds like a child practicing, Albert will throw in an incredible line that demonstrates his musical sophistication. Albert and Don are matched by an equally out-there string section, who battle their instruments with the same tenacity as the Aylers. And the drumming...I need to find more albums with Beaver Harris on them. Just when you think you know what jazz is, Albert Ayler defies every conception of the term. His vast influence on John Coltrane can be heard on Trane's Impulse! recordings (to be posted soon...)

Albert Ayler, tenor saxophone
Don Ayler, trumpet
Michel Sampson, violin
Bill Folwell & Henry Grimes, basses
Beaver Harris, drums

Recorded at The Village Vanguard,
New York City on December 18, 1966.

Original sessions produced by Bob Thiele
Recording engineers: Rudy Van Gelder (Disc one, #1), George Klabin (all others)

Label: Impulse!
IMPD2-273, IMP 22732

Download Disc 1
Download Disc 2

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