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James Marcellus Arthur "Sunny" Murray (born Idabel, Oklahoma in 1936) is one of the pioneers of the free jazz style of drumming. Murray spent his youth in Philadelphia before moving to New York City where he began playing with Cecil Taylor: "We played for about a year, just practicing, studying - we went to workshops with Varèse, did a lot of creative things, just experimenting, without a job" He featured on the influential 1962 concerts in Denmark released as Nefertiti the Beautiful One Has Come. He was among the first to forgo the drummer's traditional role as timekeeper in favor of purely textural playing. "Murray's aim was to free the soloist completely from the restrictions of time, and to do this he set up a continual hailstorm of percussion ..

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James Gilmore: Decorating Time

Read "Decorating Time" reviewed by Jeff Kaliss


"You can find a song that goes with your vocabulary," guitarist James Gilmore has averred. It's not because his album's label, Ears and Eyes, is based in Buenos Aires that the opening title track of Decorating Time speaks in what feels like a new language, or at least a new dialect. Maybe it's something about North ...

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Blase And Yasmina Revisited

Label: Ezz-thetics
Released: 2021
Track listing: My Angel; Blasé; There Is A Balm In Gilead; Sophisticated Lady; Touareg; Yasmina.

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European Recordings Autumn 1964 Revisited

Label: Ezz-thetics
Released: 2021
Track listing: CD1: Angels; C.A.C.; Ghosts; Infant Happiness; Spirits; No Name; Vibrations; Saints; Spirits. CD2: Spirits; Vibrations; Saints; Mothers; Children; Spirits.

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New York Eye And Ear Control Revisited

Label: Ezz-thetics
Released: 2021
Track listing: Don’s Dawn; A Y; ITT.

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Mixed to Unit Structures Revisited

Label: Ezz-thetics
Released: 2021
Track listing: Pots; Bulbs; Mixed; Steps; Enter, Evening (Soft Line Structure); Unit/Structure / As Of A Now / Section; Tales (8 Whisps).

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Article: Album Review

Farnell Newton: Feel The Love

Read "Feel The Love" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


When cellist Pablo Casals was 93 years old, someone asked him why he still spent hours a day practising. Casals humorously replied that it was because he was beginning to notice some improvement. Like Casals, many other musicians spend hours practising and, in most cases, this dedication comes purely from a true love of music. Trumpet ...

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Article: Album Review

Albert Ayler: New York Eye and Ear Control Revisited

Read "New York Eye and Ear Control Revisited" reviewed by Mark Corroto


The backstory of New York Ear and Eye Control is a significant factor in the music and the direction free jazz took in the 1960s. Filmmaker Michael Snow commissioned Albert Ayler's trio with bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Sunny Murray to record a thirty-minute soundtrack for a movie, “Walking Woman," he had yet to film. As ...

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Albert Ayler: New York Eye And Ear Control Revisited

Read "New York Eye And Ear Control Revisited" reviewed by Chris May


The development of so-called free jazz in New York during the first half of the 1960s was topped and tailed by three landmark recordings: Ornette Coleman's Free Jazz (Atlantic, 1961), John Coltrane's Ascension (Impulse, 1966) and Albert Ayler's New York Eye And Ear Control (ESP, 1966). Of the three discs, only New York Eye And Ear ...

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Albert Ayler Quartet with Don Cherry: European Recordings Autumn 1964 Revisited

Read "European Recordings Autumn 1964 Revisited" reviewed by Chris May


Many attempts have been made to locate the source of tenor saxophonist Albert Ayler's muse in American history and culture. Among the less outlandish suggestions are the field hollers of slaves toiling on Southern plantations and the Pentecostal church's tradition of talking in tongues. Given the importance Ayler's parents placed on him attending church as a ...


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