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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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Lorrach, Paris 1966
Lorrach, Paris 1966
Hatology
2014
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Spiritual Unity
Spiritual Unity
ESP
2014
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Live On The Riviera
Ayler Records
2013
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[no cover]
Live In...
Ayler Records
2011
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[no cover]
Live In...
Ayler Records
2011
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Stockholm, Berlin 1966
Stockholm, Berlin 1966
Hatology
2011
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