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Unevenly recorded, sure, with a stiff dose of Michael Samson’s violin — but more searing, incantatory playing from the Ayler brothers, lost in a kind of trance with a young Ronald Shannon Jackson.

It’s all about Albert — the way he was miked, and his sadness at this time (partly to do with his brother’s mental illness). A few months later — just thirty-four — he was found drowned in New York’s East River.

From the Maeght Foundation in 1970 — the opening night, without Cal Cobbs (who was stuck back at JFK) — for the first time. A great go at Music Is The Healing Force Of The Universe to kick things off.

Essential 1964 recordings with Sunny Murray (drums), Gary Peacock (bass) and Don Cherry (trumpet).

Gale-force masterpiece.

An awesome barrage of Impulse! reissues just in. Two original LPs, mostly monumental stuff, on one bargain disc. Check the Jazz new releases (in the left-hand menu) for the full list.