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Album Review

These recordings were previously available as separate volumes and now are packaged together as a double set. These concerts were recorded after Albert Ayler's attempts at more commercial efforts and shortly before the discovery of his death...This was a historically important recording without a doubt, and if not given concentrated attention, very satisfying in many ways. ~ Bob Rusch, Cadence, Rovi


Born: July 13, 1936 in Cleveland, OH

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s

One of the giants of free jazz, Albert Ayler was also one of the most controversial. His huge tone and wide vibrato were difficult to ignore, and his 1966 group sounded like a runaway New Orleans brass band from 1910. Unlike John Coltrane or Eric Dolphy, Albert Ayler was not a virtuoso who had come up through the bebop ranks. His first musical jobs were in R&B bands, including one led by Little Walter, although oddly enough he was nicknamed "Little Bird" in his early days because of a similarity...
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