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Donald Ayler

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1966: Berlin, Lörrach, Paris & Stockholm. Revisited

Label: Ezz-thetics
Released: 2021
Track listing: (CD1) Berlin, November 3, 1966: Truth Is Marching In; Omega (Is The Alpha); Our Prayer / Truth Is Marching In / Our Prayer; Ghost / Bells; Lörrach, November 7, 1966: Bells; Prophet; Our Prayer / Spirits Rejoice; Ghosts; Truth Is Marching In; (CD2) Paris, November 13, 1966: Ghosts; Spiritual Rebirth / Light In Darkness / Infinite Spirit; All / Our Prayer / Holy Family; Stockholm, November 10, 1966: Truth Is Marching In; Omega (Is The Alpha); Our Prayer / Bells; Infinite Spirit / Japan.

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Article: Album Review

Albert Ayler Quintet: 1966: Berlin, Lörrach, Paris & Stockholm. Revisited

Read "1966: Berlin, Lörrach, Paris & Stockholm. Revisited" reviewed by Mark Corroto


It may sound odd to describe the music that Albert Ayler's quintet performs here as the musical equivalent of comfort food, but these sounds can be associated with security and nostalgia. They are a reminder of the spark ignited by this tenor saxophonist from Cleveland. Ayler, maybe more than any artist of his day, paved the ...

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Albert Ayler 1965: Spirits Rejoice & Bells Revisited

Label: Ezz-thetics
Released: 2020
Track listing: Spirits Rejoice; Holy Family; D.C.; Angels; Prophet; Bells.

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Franz Koglmann / Steve Lacy: Flaps

Read "Flaps" reviewed by Mark Corroto


A bit of surface noise on the reissue of 1973's Flaps--originally issued by Franz Koglmann's Pipe Records--can be easily excused. This long out- of-print collectors vinyl has been made available by Black Monk Records, and we can now rejoice. Steve Lacy went to Vienna and made this somewhat strange recording with the then relatively ...

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Wojtek Mazolewski Quintet: Polka (Worldwide Deluxe Edition)

Read "Polka (Worldwide Deluxe Edition)" reviewed by Chris May


Jazz in Poland has a courageous and artistically distinguished history--first in cultural opposition to Soviet-era dictatorship, later as a celebration of national and personal freedoms. Despite this, most Polish musicians remain little known beyond their own borders. The violinist Michal Urbaniak and the late pianist Krzysztof Komeda and trumpeter Tomasz Stańko are among a tiny handful ...

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Article: Jazz Raconteurs

Live Trane: Never Before, Never After

Read "Live Trane: Never Before, Never After" reviewed by David Liebman


NEA Jazz Master and much celebrated saxophonist, composer, bandleader, educator and author Dave Liebman recounts the life-changing experiences of witnessing live performances by John Coltrane as told to Dave Kaufman. I always say my epiphany was the first time I saw Coltrane in February of 1962 at Birdland. The fact that I even knew ...

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Article: Album Review

On Kaa Davis: X-Ray Search Light Project: Djuke Music

Read "X-Ray Search Light Project: Djuke Music" reviewed by Dave Wayne


Though he's logged considerable time in Sun Ra's Arkestra, Kenny Wolleson's Himalayas Collective, and groups led by Donald Ayler, Charles 'Bobo' Shaw, and Luther Thomas, On Kaa Davis is not just another avant-garde jazz dude. As a teenager, the Cleveland, Ohio native journeyed to Vienna, Austria, where he studied classical guitar at the Hochschule for Music ...

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Article: Interview

Dave Burrell: Pianist Navigating the Windward Passages

Read "Dave Burrell: Pianist Navigating the Windward Passages" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Dave Burrell is a master pianist and composer who encountered the avant-garde in the 1960s and has been following his own independent path ever since. He combines classical and jazz elements that are both “inside" and “outside" the mainstream. The title of a poem by J.V. Cunningham, “The Metaphysical Amorist" characterizes much of his playing, which ...

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Article: Album Review

Albert Ayler: Lorrach, Paris 1966

Read "Lorrach, Paris 1966" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


This is the third edition of the original pressing by hatOLOGY records, containing re-masters of tenor saxophonist Albert Ayler's live performances in Lorrach, Germany, and live tracks recorded at the Paris jazz festival, culled from his 1966 European tour. In the liners, Peter Niklas Wilson asserts that the George Wein produced the “Newport in Europe" tour ...


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