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  Albert Ayler - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Albert Ayler (July 13, 1936–November 1970) was an American jazz saxophonist, singer and composer.
Albert Ayler was the most primal of the free jazz musicians of the 1960s.
Ayler was one of several musicians to perform at Coltrane's funeral.
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 BigO Worldwide
Ayler was at heart a melodic player and if you hear enough free jazz, you wonder why Ghosts (the opening and closing track of the album) isn't a Top 40 hit.
Ayler used to say that his music was a cry of truth or a cry to God.
Saxophonist Albert Ayler is one of the legends and leaders of free jazz.
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 Albert Ayler: 1936-1970
Don Ayler, it's true, shared few of his brother's talents, but he played trumpet as if everything else had been sacrificed to sheer sound, a great metallic blaring that seemed to carve the air into blocks then shunt them around that low-ceilinged room.
Albert told me that the last time they'd talked, Coltrane had declared himself the father, Pharoah Sanders the son, and Albert the holy ghost.
This isn't to say that Ayler didn't have bands where one or even two bassists were an essential and vital element, only to say that Ayler's view of the audience required a bass player whether or not he felt any musical reason to have one.
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 Albert Ayler   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
The most shadowy of all the major figures in jazz of the past 40 years, tenor-saxophonist Albert Ayler had an impact that can be felt throughout contemporary free jazz.
Ayler's legacy is carried on by tenors like David Murray and David S. Ware, in various groups led by bassist William Parker, and by the band Other Dimensions in Music, to name a few in a growing list.
Independent of Ayler, the German saxophonist evolved a style with many similarities to his American counterpart, though Brötzmann doesn't wear his spirituality on his sleeve.
www.bostonphoenix.com /archive/music/98/12/03/ALBERT_AYLER.html   (727 words)

 Albert Ayler 1970
Albert Ayler: Since we are the music we play, our way of life has to be clean or else the music can't be kept pure.
On December 5, in the afternoon, Albert Ayler's body was buried at the chapel of Highland Park Cemetery in Cleveland, with 55 people, mostly family, in attendance ("Albert Ayler Dies").
Albert Ayler: The cats, they say the better you are, the harder it is for you to make it but when you make it, you make it big.
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 Ayler Remembered   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Ayler had a lot of memories of his stay - when he was in the Army - in Orleans, France in 1960 and had sojourned there for nearly two years.
Albert Ayler was opening later in the week at Slug's and he invited me to the club but it turned out the opening night was to be held on the day I was to return to Paris.
Albert Ayler's funeral service was held in the chapel of a cemetery off of Chagrin Boulevard in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland.
www.ayler.org /albert/html/ayler_remembered.html   (3459 words)

 village voice > music > Albert Ayler's Holy Ghost by Francis Davis
Ayler passed that threshold long ago, but Holy Ghost is immediate in a way that "historical" releases rarely are by virtue of its chronological presentation and an implied biographical narrative that restores his harmonic tremors to the context of the racial and cultural eruptions of the '60s.
Within jazz, Ayler's influence was instant (late Coltrane, Archie Shepp's tuba band, the AACM), and it's been enduring, though you have to bypass the mainstream to hear saxophonists and whole ensembles emulating his freedom of pitch.
Three long sets from a Cleveland folk club and two others from Europe give us Ayler and violinist Michel Samson interacting with a freedom not evident on their official recordings together; Samson was limited to sawing as a soloist, but Ayler's crafty ensemble use of him established a role for strings in free jazz.
www.villagevoice.com /music/0441,davis,57530,22.html   (976 words)

 Calculated Dissonance: Avant-Garde Jazz in the 1960s-1970s (Part Two)
Albert Ayler was one musician who had who had strong ties to the music of John Coltrane and the two were in musical debt to each other.
Ayler paid homage to Coltrane during the performances of February 26, 1967 with the tune For John Coltrane.
Ayler was a less skilled player who made bold statements through his compositions; while Rivers possessed excellent skills yet his compositions were unknown.
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 Albert Ayler: biography and encyclopedia article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Albert Ayler (July 13, EHandler: no quick summary.
Albert Ayler was the most primal of the free jazz free jazz quick summary:
Ayler was one of several musicians to perform at Coltrane's funeral funeral quick summary:
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/a/al/albert_ayler.htm   (2944 words)

 JAZZED IN CLEVELAND - Part Eleven- by Joe Mosbrook
Albert Ayler, the native Cleveland jazz saxophonist who marched a distinctively different drummer, once said bebop was too simple.
Albert recalled, "I’d play duets with him at church." According to Jeff Schwartz’ book Albert Ayler: His Life and Music, Edward Ayler insisted that his son practice, even beating him at times to practice when he wanted to be out on the street with the other kids.
Ayler was taught music by his father until he was ten years old, then he went to Benny Miller’s Academy of Music at East 105th and Superior.
www.cleveland.oh.us /wmv_news/jazz11.htm   (1097 words)

 // Digital DJs // Respect Due Discussion Board : General Discussion : Albert Ayler
Albert Ayler was born in Cleveland, Ohio on July 13th, 1936.
Albert Ayler was working, but he still relied on his parents and John Coltrane for financial support.
Ayler made his career by alienating a lot of people with his abrasive style, and then reportedly pissed off most of his fans by this unexpected detour into conventional pop, complete with a horn section and backup singers.
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 Jazzed in Cleveland - Part 39
Born in Cleveland in 1936, Ayler was introduced to jazz by his father, Edward Ayler, a lathe operator at the TRW plant in Euclid.
Albert, before his death, said, "Since we are the music we play, our way of life has to be clean or else the music can’t be kept pure." Ayler added, "I couldn’t use a man hung up with drugs.
According to the English discographer, Mary Parks said Albert told her "his blood had to be shed to save his mother and brother." Thinking very seriously about death at the age of 34, Ayler even outlined how he wanted the rights to his music divided after he was gone.
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It probably made sense to Ayler and the record's producers to include the spoken introduction since this was Ayler's debut album, but as far as I know no one else ever did it.
Ayler probably thought little of it back in 1963, there'd be plenty of opportunities to get his message across and let his voice be heard - plenty of interviews, radio and TV broadcasts, even a documentary film.
If you'll allow me a metaphor, Ayler's recorded legacy is a jigsaw with some boring grass at the bottom, some equally boring sky at the top, an incredibly interesting scene in the middle, lots of gaps in the whole picture and no side pieces at all.
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 Albert Ayler Biography   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
One of the giants of free jazz, Albert Ayler was also one of the most controversial.
It could be said of Ayler's music that he was so far advanced that he came in at jazz's beginning!Unlike John Coltrane or Eric Dolphy, Albert Ayler was not a virtuoso who had come up through the bebop ranks.
However during his last couple of years Albert Ayler's career seemed to become a bit aimless and his final Impulse sessions, although experimental (with the use of vocals, rock guitar and RandBish tunes), were at best mixed successes.
trumpet.sdsu.edu /Albert_Ayler.html   (375 words)

 My Name Is Albert Ayler
Albert's sound was so raucous and so intense that Taylor was taken aback and he actually stopped playing and allowed Albert to continue.
Albert and Mary were very close, so much so that friends and fellow musicians complained that she was isolating him and controlling his career.
Albert disclosed to her that he felt responsible for the hardships that he believed his family was facing.
www.allaboutjazz.com /php/article.php?id=20090   (868 words)

 Albert Ayler: Spiritual Unity / Live on the Riviera: Pitchfork Review   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
The first time I heard Albert Ayler was one of those moments where you slow your breathing in order to listen closer.
Though he obviously has a deep love of simple folk melodies, the intensity of his feeling is such that a tune could never contain it, and the sound spills over and around the structure until it eventually bursts forth in a chaotic torrent.
Her crooning on the straighter ballad "Heart Love" is pretty solid, and when Ayler pipes in to sing a verse, as he often did in his later years, he makes her sound like Dionne Warwick.
www.pitchforkmedia.com /record-reviews/a/ayler_albert/spiritual-unity-live-on-the-riviera.shtml   (744 words)

 The History of Jazz Music. Albert Ayler: biography, discography, review, links
Of all the protagonists of free jazz, Ohio-born tenor saxophonist Albert Ayler had the shortest career (he first recorded in 1962 and committed suicide in 1970 at 34), but he nonetheless managed to articulate one of the most radical aesthetics, second only to Cecil Taylor's.
Ayler seemed to fuse the musical background of the pre-industrial society with an impulse towards the expressionistic cacophony of the industrial society.
Underlying all these contradictions was Ayler's exploration of sound for the sake of sound, that accounted for a completely new idea of music, away from the pillars of harmony, melody and rhythm.
www.scaruffi.com /jazz/ayler.html   (694 words)

 African American Registry: Jazzman Albert Ayler, a unique sound!
His father, Edward Ayler, was a saxophonist, violinist and singer, and his brother, Donald, was a trumpeter who worked with him after the saxophonist's became a professional.
Ayler made his first recordings in late 1962 in Sweden, then taped My Name Is Albert Ayler in Denmark in early 1963.
Ayler (tenor, alto and soprano, as well as bagpipes and vocals) was either a genius or a impostor, depending on the listener's musical sensibilities.
www.aaregistry.com /african_american_history/2671/Jazzman_Albert_Ayler_a_unique_sound   (315 words)

 ALBERT AYLER: Passion, Spirit and Mystery - JAMAICAOBSERVER.COM
The head of the reissue label, Dean Blackwood, says Ayler genuinely shocked people, and though there is now renewed interest in his contribution to the jazz idiom, he was initially rejected (as was Coltrane), by several critics as well as listeners and even some of his musical contemporaries.
Ayler sought later in his career to make his music somewhat more accessible, for instance by including vocals (his own and those of companion Mary Parks; he had previously left wife Arlene).
Parks reportedly told a British musicologist that Ayler committed suicide by jumping off a ferry boat, but theories blamed everyone from the Mob (for alleged drug debts, though Ayler and bandmates denied using anything stronger than marijuana) to the FBI as part of a wider conspiracy against fl artistes.
www.jamaicaobserver.com /lifestyle/html/20041030T220000-0500_68558_OBS_ALBERT_AYLER__PASSION__SPIRIT_AND_MYSTERY.asp   (731 words)

 Julian Cope Presents Head Heritage | Unsung | Reviews | Albert Ayler - Love Cry
This was Albert Ayler's second album for the legendary Impulse label and to me it was his masterpiece, Albert's earlier works for ESP were all superb especially the mighty "The Bells" LP but for me it all came together on "Love Cry" which was recorded shortly after the tragic death of John Coltrane in 1967.
To some Albert Ayler's music is harsh but the more you hang with it the catchier it is, I always have this fantasy of taking my boom box and playing this at the beach at a peak hour, yet I always chicken out I'd probably get tossed in jail.
Albert Ayler sadly died under mysterious circumstanes in New York while Don Ayler battled some serious mental problems and was hospitalized, the loss of these 2 kingpins is as severe to me as is the losses of Syd Barrett, Brian Jones, John Cipollina, Arthur Lee and many others.
www.headheritage.co.uk /unsung/reviews/index.php?review_id=298   (495 words)

 The Observer | OMM | 3, Albert Ayler: Holy Ghost
It worked less well for saxophonist Albert Ayler, however, who was found floating in New York's East River in 1970 at the age of 34.
Ayler created his own sound at a time when America was at the barricades in the 1960s, polarised by the Vietnam war and civil rights protests - and the cry of his saxophone epitomised the struggle against racial injustice.
Ayler's hardcore anthems of social and political dissent - 'This is the only way that's left for musicians to play.
observer.guardian.co.uk /omm/reviews/story/0,13875,1369088,00.html   (419 words)

 HurdAudio: Tuned in to the Holy Ghost - Chapter 5
His all-too brief period of creative activity ended before I was born and I'm embarrassed to admit that it took a conversation with Anthony Braxton to draw my attention to this enormously important figure of the 1960's avant garde.
The immeasurably appealing combination of Donald Ayler on trumpet, Michel Sampson on violin and Albert Ayler on tenor and soprano sax from the Cleveland material earlier in the box set are back with even more chemistry.
Albert Ayler was long overdue for a compilation of this magnitude and Holy Ghost is the most lovingly crafted and respectful collection I've seen for any composer or performer.
hurdaudio.blogspot.com /2005/02/tuned-in-to-holy-ghost-chapter-5.html   (487 words)

 Albert Ayler : Live in Greenwich Village: The Complete Impulse Sessions - Listen, Review and Buy at ARTISTdirect   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
This double CD from 1998 combines all of the music on tenor saxophonist Albert Ayler's In Greenwich Village recording with a two-album set from the same sessions, titled The Village Concerts (the latter taken from two concerts in 1966-1967).
Teamed up with brother Donald Ayler on trumpet, violinist Michel Sampson, occasional cellist Joel Freedman, two bassists (Bill Fowell and either Henry Grimes or Alan Silva), and drummer Beaver Harris, Ayler uses simple march-like melodies, which could have come from 1905, as the basis for his improvisations, which often become quite violent.
Among the pieces are "Truth Is Marching In," "Spirits Rejoice," "Angels" (an Albert Ayler duet with pianist Call Cobbs), "For John Coltrane," and "Change Has Come." Donald Ayler's bugle-like fanfares and the droning violin certainly make the ensemble's sound quite unique.
www.artistdirect.com /nad/store/artist/album/0,,371226,00.html   (465 words)

 BlueBeat.com - Artist: Albert Ayler
Unlike John Coltrane or Eric Dolphy, Albert Ayler was not a virtuoso who had come up through the bebop ranks.
His ESP recordings from this era and his first couple of Impulse records find Ayler at his peak and were influential; John Coltrane's post-1964 playing was definitely affected by Ayler's innovations.
However, during his last couple of years, Albert Ayler's career seemed to become a bit aimless and his final Impulse sessions, although experimental (with the use of vocals, rock guitar, and RandB-ish tunes), were at best mixed successes.
www.bluebeat.com /artists/62   (351 words)

 www.myspace.com/albertayler   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Albert Ayler- I had a dream of you playing at an 1889 whistlestop.
Albert Ayler's music has been an inspiration and a constant source of joy for me since I've first heard it.
Albert Ayler was definitely one of the most innovative saxophone players.
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