Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Appreciating Albert

If you just don't get Albert Ayler, try "Spirits Rejoice" from ESP. A lot of the music he deconstructs is recognizable stuff, from popular (once) standards to marching band tunes and bugle fanfares, which makes it, I think, easier (at least a little) to try to come to grips with what he's doing.

The two-bass configuration employed with the great Henry Grimes and Gary Peacock also suggests this disk. Plus, Ayler is accompanied by a harpsichord on one track. Not to be missed, heh, heh, heh.

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