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by John Kelman
For an artist who never achieved the widespread acclaim of, say, John Coltrane or Ornette Coleman, saxophonist Albert Ayler has had a surprisingly long-lasting effect on modern free jazz. Coming up as he did not through the bebop ranks, but from R&B, also lends credibility to more contemporary free artists coming to the genre through other forms of music, most notably punk, which clearly shares certain denominators with the more expressionist free playing of artists including Cleveland's Jeff Platz, whose ...read more