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Albert Ayler

Born: July 13, 1936 | Died: November 25, 1970    Primary Instrument: Sax, tenor

Albert Ayler

Tenor saxophonist Albert Ayler was born on July 13th 1936 in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. He learned to play the alto sax at a young age. His father, Edward, encouraged his musical interests and was his first teacher. Albert Ayler continued his musical education at John Adams High School, where he played oboe, and at the local music academy. His first gig was with Lloyd Pearson and his Counts of Rhythm when has was 15 in 1951. This led to a job with Little Walter Jacobs’ R&B band with whom he spent the following two summer vacations traveling. After graduating from high school in 1954 he went to a local college but financial difficulties forced him to leave college in 1956 and join the army. He continued to play in the military band and regularly practiced with other musicians. He spent his last two years of service in France and then in 1961 he left the army and moved to California for a brief period before returning to Cleveland....
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As a Leader

My Name Is Albert Ayler
Fantasy
1963
Tracks: Introduction By Albert Ayler; Bye Bye Blackbird; Billie's Bounce; Summertime; On Green Dolphin Street; C.T.
Personnel: Albert Ayler: tenor and soprano saxophones; Niels Brosted: piano; Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen: bass; Ronnie Gardiner: drums.

Goin' Home
Black Lion
1964
Tracks:Goin' Home; Ol' Man River [Take 2]; Down by the Riverside [Take 6]; Swing Low, Sweet Chariot [Take 3]; Deep River; When the Saints Go Marching In; Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen; Ol' Man River [Take 1]; Swing Low, Sweet Chariot [Take 1]; Down by the Riverside [Take 5].
Personnel: Albert Ayler: tenor and soprano saxophones; Call Cobbs: piano; Henry Grimes: bass; Sunny Murray: drums.

Spirits
Debut
1964
Tracks: Witches And Devils; Spirits; Holy Holy; Prophecy
Personnel: Albert Ayler: tenor saxophone; Norman Howard: trumpet; Sunny Murray: drums; Henry Grimes: bass; Earle Henderson: bass.

Prophecy
ESP
1964
Tracks: Spirits; Wizard; Ghosts, First Variation; Prophecy; Ghosts, Second Variation.
Personnel: Albert Ayler: tenor saxophone; Sunny Murray: drums; Gary Peacock: bass.

Spiritual Unity
ESP
1964
Tracks: Ghosts (1st variation); The Wizard; Prophecy (Spirits); Ghosts (2nd variation).
Personnel: Albert Ayler: tenor saxophone; Sunny Murray: drums; Gary Peacock: bass.

New York Eye & Ear Control
ESP
1964
Tracks: Don's Dawn; Ay; Itt.
Personnel: Albert Ayler: tenor saxophone; Don Cherry: trumpet; John Tchicai: alto saxophone; Roswell Rudd: trombone; Gary Peacock:bass; Sunny Murray: drums.

Vibrations
Freedom
1964
Tracks: Ghosts; Children; Holy Spirit ; Ghosts; Vibrations; Mothers.
Personnel: Albert Ayler: tenor saxophone; Don Cherry: trumpet; Gary Peacock:bass; Sunny Murray: drums.

The Hilversum Session
Osmosis
1964
Tracks: Angels; The Wizard; Ghosts; Infant Happiness; Spirits; No Name.
Personnel: Albert Ayler: tenor saxophone; Sunny Murray: drums; Gary Peacock: bass; Don Cherry: cornet.

Bells
Calibre
1965
Tracks: Bells
Personnel: Albert Ayler: tenor saxophone; Sunny Murray: drums; Louis Worrell: bass; Charles Tyler: alto saxophone; Donald Ayler: trumpet.

Spirits Rejoice
ESP
1965
Tracks: Spirits Rejoice; Holy Family; D.C.; Angels; Prophet
Personnel: Albert Ayler: tenor saxophone; Sunny Murray: drums; Gary Peacock & Henry Grimes: bass; Charles Tyler: alto saxophone; Donald Ayler: trumpet; Call Cobbs: harpsicord.

At Slug's Saloon
ESP
1966
Tracks: Truth Is Marching In; Our Prayer; Bells; Ghosts; Initiation.
Personnel: Albert Ayler: tenor saxophone; Donald Ayler: trumpet; Michael Samson: violin; Lewis Worrell: string bass; Ron Jackson (Ronald Shannon Jackson): percussion.

Lörrach, Paris 1966
HATOLOGY
1966
Tracks: Bells; Prophet; Our Prayer; Ghosts; Truth Is Marching In; Ghosts; Spiritual Rebirth; All.
Personnel: Albert Ayler: tenor saxophone; Donald Ayler: trumpet; Michael Samson: violin; William Folwell: bass; Beaver Harris:drums.

In Greenwich Village
Impulse
1966
Tracks: For John Coltrane; Change Has Come; Truth Is Marching In; Our Prayer.
Personnel: Albert Ayler: tenor saxophone; Donald Ayler: trumpet; Michael Samson: violin; Joel Friedman: cello; Alan Silva, Henry Grimes, William Folwell: bass; Beaver Harris:drums

The Village Concerts
Impulse
1967
Tracks: Spirits Rejoice; Divine Peacemaker; Angels; Light In The Darkness; Heavenly Home; Spiritual Rebirth; Infinite Spirit; Omega Is The Alpha.
Personnel: Albert Ayler: tenor saxophone; Donald Ayler: trumpet; Cal Cobbs: piano; Michael Samson: violin; Joel Friedman: cello; Alan Silva, Henry Grimes, William Folwell: bass; Beaver Harris:drums

Love Cry
Impulse
1967
Tracks: Love Cry; Ghosts; Omega; Dancing Flowers; Bells; Love Flower; Love Cry, Pt. 2; Zion Hill [alternate take]; Universal Indians [alternate take]; Zion Hill; Universal Indians.
Personnel: Albert Ayler: alto and tenor saxophones; Donald Ayler: trumpet; Alan Silva:bass; Milford Graves: drums; Call Cobbs: harpsicord.

New Grass
Impulse
1968
Tracks: New Grass/Message from Albert; New Generation; Sun Watcher; New Ghosts; Heart Love; Everybody's Movin'; Free at Last!
Personnel: Burt Collins, Joe Newman: trumpet; Garnett Brown: trombone; Seldon Powell: tenor saxophone and flute; Albert Ayler: tenor saxophone, whistler, bagpipes, vocals; Buddy Lucas baritone saxophone; Call Cobbs: piano, organ, harpsichord; Bill Folwell: electric bass; Bernard Purdie: drums; Rose Marie McCoy, Mary Maria Parks: vocals; Bert DeCoteaux: arranger and conductor.

Music Is the Healing Force of the Universe
Impulse
1969
Tracks: Music Is the Healing Force of the Universe, Masonic Inborn (Part 1), A Man Is Like a Tree, Oh! Love of Life, Island Harvest, Drudgery
Personnel: Albert Ayler: tenor saxophone, bagpipes, vocals; Bobby Few: piano; Henry Vestine: guitar; Bill Folwell: bass; Stafford James: bass; Muhammad Ali: drums; Mary Maria: vocals.

Nuits de La Fondation Maeght
Shandar
1970
Tracks: In Hearts Only; Spirits; Holy Family; Spirits Rejoice; Truth Id Marching In; Universal Message; Spiritual Reunion; Music Is The Healing Force Of The Universe.
Personnel: Albert Ayler: tenor and soprano saxophones; Mary Parks: vocals, soprano saxophone; Call Cobbs: piano; Steve Tintweiss: bass; Allen Blairman: drums.

External Discographies

Albert Ayler Discography
Excellent Albert Ayler discography/session list from the Jazz Discography Project.

Albert Ayler: His Life and Music
Extensive Albert Ayler bio-/disco-graphy by Jeff Schwartz.

Albert Ayler Records
Albert Ayler discography by Mehdi Shafai. To continue from part 1 check buttons on bottom of page.

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