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).
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.