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Albert Ayler

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Tenor saxophonist Albert Ayler was born on July 13th 1936 in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. He learned to play the alto sax at a young age. His father, Edward, encouraged his musical interests and was his first teacher. Albert Ayler continued his musical education at John Adams High School, where he played oboe, and at the local music academy. His first gig was with Lloyd Pearson and his Counts of Rhythm when has was 15 in 1951. This led to a job with Little Walter Jacobs’ R&B band with whom he spent the following two summer vacations traveling. After graduating from high school in 1954 he went to a local college but financial difficulties forced him to leave college in 1956 and join the army

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La Cave Live-Cleveland 1966-Revisited

Label: Ezz-thetics
Released: 2022
Track listing: CD1: Spirits Rejoice; Prophet/Ghosts/Spiritual Bells; Our Prayer/Spirits Rejoice; Untitled Truth Is Marching In; Spirits; Zion Hill. CD2: Spirits; Spiritual Bells; Untitled (F# tune); Spirits Rejoice; D.C.; Untitled (minor waltz); Our Prayer; Untitled (F# tune); Ghosts.

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Revelations

Label: Elemental Music
Released: 2022
Track listing: CD 1: Music Is the Healing Force of the Universe; Birth of Mirth; Masonic Inborn; Revelations 1; Oh Love of Life; Island Harvest; Heart Love. CD 2: Ghosts; Love Cry; Desert Blood; Revelations 2; Revelations 3; Revelations 4; Speaking in Tongues. CD 3: Truth Is Marching In: Zion Hill (Universal Message); Again Comes the Rising of the Sun; Holy Family; Revelations 5; In Heart Only; Revelations 6; A Man Is Like a Tree. CD 4: Holy Holy; Spirits Rejoice; Spirits; Thank God for Women; Spiritual Reunion; Music Is the Healing Force of the Universe; vocal announcement / curtain call.

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Revelations - The Complete ORTF 1970 Fondation Maeght Recordings

Label: Elemental Music
Released: 2022
Track listing: Recorded at The Fondation Maeght, Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France, July 25, 1970.; Music Is The Healing Force Of The Universe; Birth Of Mirth; Masonic Inborn; Revelations 1; Oh! Love Of Life; Island Harvest; Heart Love; Ghosts – Part 1; Ghosts – Part 2; Love Cry; Desert Blood; Revelations 2; Revelations 3; Revelations 4; Recorded at The Fondation Maeght, Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France, July 27, 1970.; Speaking In Tongues (Set Closer From July 25 Show); Truth Is Marching In; Zion Hill, AKA Universal Message; Again Comes The Rising Of The Sun; Holy Family; Revelations 5 – Part 1 ; Revelations 5 – Parts 2 & 3; In Heart Only; Revelations 6; A Man Is Like A Tree; Holy Holy; Spirits Rejoice; Spirits; Thank God For Women; Spiritual Reunion; Music Is The Healing Force Of The Universe; Mark Parks Vocal Announcement / Curtain Call;

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At Slugs’ Saloon 1966 Revisited

Label: Ezz-thetics
Released: 2022
Track listing: Truth Is Marching In; Our Prayer; Bells; Ghost; Initiation.

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Article: Album Review

Günter Baby Sommer & the Lucaciu 3: Karawane

Read "Karawane" reviewed by Troy Dostert


Long recognized as one of the most important exponents of European free jazz, drummer Günter Baby Sommer has refused to rest on his laurels, as he continues to do his part to maintain the legacy of free improvisation and creative jazz in a host of contexts, defying the aging process rather insouciantly while doing so. His ...

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Article: Book Excerpts

JD Allen: Just Keep Going

Read "JD Allen: Just Keep Going" reviewed by AAJ Staff


The following is an excerpt from Chapter 1, “JD Allen: Just Keep Going" from Philip Freeman's Ugly Beauty: Jazz in The 21st Century (ZerO Books, 2022). Queens, New York seems purposely designed to confuse travelers. It's January 2, 2020, a brisk but sunny day, and I'm to meet saxophonist JD Allen at Samurai ...

News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Albert Ayler

Jazz Musician of the Day: Albert Ayler

All About Jazz is celebrating Albert Ayler's birthday today! Tenor saxophonist Albert Ayler was born on July 13th 1936 in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. He learned to play the alto sax at a young age. His father, Edward, encouraged his musical interests and was his first teacher. Albert Ayler continued his musical education at John Adams High ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Gunter Baby Sommer, Tyshawn Sorey Trio, Kobe Van Cauwenberghe & Linda Sikhakhane

Read "Gunter Baby Sommer, Tyshawn Sorey Trio, Kobe Van Cauwenberghe & Linda Sikhakhane" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


This edition of OMJ is all over the place when it comes to new recordings—drummers Gunter Baby Sommer (with Lucaciu 3), Pierre Favre (with Samuel Blaser) and Tyshawn Sorey; saxophonists Linda Sikhakhane from South Africa and Germany's Charlotte Greve (with the Lisbeth Quartet), pianist Russ Lossing, Austria's AHL-6, and Belgian guitarist Kobe Van Cauwenberghe and his ...

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Article: Album Review

Albert Ayler Quintet: At Slugs’ Saloon 1966 Revisited

Read "At Slugs’ Saloon 1966 Revisited" reviewed by Chris May


There continues to be as much discussion about Albert Ayler's personality and motivations as there is about the music he left us. Was he a religious fundamentalist? Was he bi-polar? Was he an attention seeker? Was he some sort of leather fetishist? The evidence suggests Ayler may have been borderline bi-polar, but as for the other ...


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