Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Albert Ayler - Free Jazz

Year : 1979/1964
Label : Vogue/Freedom Records
Genre : Jazz
Style : Free Jazz, Hard Bop

Although he was recognized by John Coltrane, Albert Ayler (1936-1970) remained an accursed artist who divided critics, while he was a brilliant Avant-Garde saxophonist and a eminent actor of the Free Jazz movement during the early sixties. Originally released under "My Name Is Albert Ayler" on Debut Records (a Jazz label founded by Charles Mingus & Max Roach), "Free Jazz" was recorded live in 1963 in Copenhagen for the Danish National Radio. The formation consists on two danish jazz players, the rookie Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen (a 16 year old bassist), Niels Brønsted and an american drummer, Ronnie Gardiner. Titles are mainly played in the Hard Bop style including free improvisations, jazz standards & covers from Charlie Parker (Billie's Bounce) to George Gershwin (Summertime), and an Ayler's original composition, "C.T.".

Albert Ayler_tenor, alto saxophone
Niels Brønsted_piano
Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen_bass
Ronnie Gardiner_drums

01. Introduction by Albert Ayler
02. Bye, bye, blackbird
03. Billie's Bounce
04. Summertime
05. On Green Dolphin Street
06. C.T.


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