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Donald Ayler Discography

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Don Ayler’s discography as leader (rather than sideman in his brother’s bands) is limited to two revelatory tracks from a 1969 New York concert, included in Revenant’s Holy Ghost box set, an unreleased session for Amiri Baraka’s Jihad label, and the following triple LP set, recorded live at a concert in Florence, Italy in 1981.

FLO1 FLO2 FLO3

DON AYLER IN FLORENCE 1981

 

VOL. 1

Tracks

1. The Bebop Tune (15:44)

2. The African Song (16:00)

 

VOL. 2

Tracks

1. Coltrane’s Blues (16:13)

2. The Indian Song (17:40)

 

VOL. 3

Tracks

1. The Eastern Song (17:16)

2. Peace (4:40)

3. Speech by Mr. Ayler (2:38)

4. encore: The Japanese Song (18:02)

(All compositions by Donald Ayler)

 

Personnel

Don Ayler (trumpet)

Abdul Rahim Mustafa (reeds)

Frank Doblekar (tenor sax)

Anthony “Tony” Smith (piano)

John Davis (guitar)

Richard “Radu” Williams (bass)

Jerry Griffin (percussion)

 

Recording Details

July 18, 1981

Theatre Andromeda, Florence, Italy

 

Release Details

Released as Don Ayler In Florence 1981 Vol. 1, Frame (Italy) RF-2001. Vol. 2, Frame RF-2002.
Vol. 3
, Frame RF-2003.

 

The sleevenotes

“It is not at all strange to see in Jazz lesser known musicians who, even if they have a decisive voice in groups or schools of great importance, find their own road continuously blocked by the all pervading influence of top-class musicians and therefore they are inclined to take the expressive idea and the same artistry, transforming both into their own individual voice.

The case of Don Ayler, a musician from Cleveland, is a typical example. Don was born Oct. 5, 1942, brother and faithful partner of the famous Albert, with whom he collaborated from March '65 to February '68.

His formative years were conditioned and in a certain sense dominated by Albert, so that he even changed his first instrument, alto sax, into cornet, and finally trumpet. But the influence went beyond the choice of the instrument; the innovative power and the strong expressive voice of Albert transformed completely the psychic and emotive personality of Don.

When Albert died under mysterious circumstances Don was silent for many years, and only very recently his painful and emotional voice is heard again. This voice gives sound to the authentic and original music of Don Ayler, lyrical and with the full authority of a jazz-tradition, firmly anchored in the styles of a Roy Eldridge or a Frankie Newton, wedging itself into the bop and post-bop era of a Dizzie Gillespie or a Clifford Brown. In Don we can always feel the presence of the old traditions; whereas Albert expresses himself in an angry shout, Don turns towards a subtle, melancholy gasp, often motivated more by feeling than by formal technique. The drama lived by Don in his music has no longer the tragical connotation of the free jazz of the sixties. His approach is a more personal emotion whose drama results from bad experiences in life, without probing for the cosmic and omnipresent expansion that sought expression in his brother's music.

Don Ayler expresses in a smaller and more personal world his painful and suffering notes, insinuating with deep feeling the soundtrack of the problems of life, that are the problems of a man segregated in a ghetto where he represents the loser and not the winner. Hence also the need for a solid anchorage to the common origins and backgrounds, the primeval need to find oneself back in history, even in a ghetto, and not an outcast even there. Accepting this reality costs pain and suffering, but substitutes the desperate cry of free jazz with a feeling of hope, however weak.

The music presented here was recorded in Florence, Italy, on July 18, 1981. We find Don Ayler active after a prolonged period of silence because of personal problems, a silence that lasted for twelve years, interrupted only by sporadic appearances in the Cleveland area. It should be noted that up to now no record has ever been published under his name; this record therefore is the discographical debut of a famous and well-trained musician, who however lost contact with the recent and not so recent jazz expressions. The free of Don Ayler and his six musicians who surround him in this performance in Florence is like a veil covering the genuine and substantial black expression found in that great melting pot that is to-days Great Black Music. It is hard to label music, but the musicians themselves give the answers on this record: an emotive and emotional climax, where they enter in polemics with those musical forms that are too lucidly cerebral, forms that are victims of their own cold and suicidal introversion.

Brother Albert followed a vastly different musical path, and vastly different are also the most recent jazz-expressions, but of Don Ayler we can state without fear of contradiction that he is the echo of a sound that never existed, a sound risen from deep oblivion...

GIANFRANCO CASCELLA

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DONALD AYLER: Interview taken by Gianfranco CASCELLA. Transcribed by Francesco MAINO. Florence, Italy, July 24, 1981.

CASCELLA: We know about your life in the period when you played with your brother Albert, from 1965 to 1968, a span of four years. How was your life before then, and how has it been since then?

AYLER: My father and my brother used to play in the church. My father played the violin and the tenor sax, professionally, and my brother played the alto. We would go to church: my father would have us dressed up every Sunday to go to church and to Sunday school, and after I would go to the theatre, to the show, moving picture, but we would be in church most of time. Back when I was about sixteen I started out on the alto, then, my brother was playing the alto, and my father said that's enough alto in the house, so I picked up the trumpet: I had a natural ability to learn it, I had a natural ability on the trumpet, so next thing I know I was playing the trumpet and I practiced for three months, nine hours a day.

C.: When did you begin playing professionally?

A.: Well, we got together both me and my brother. I had saved up enough money and I went to Sweden in 1964, I went to Stockholm and I stayed in Stockholm for two and half, three months. I hitchiked to the North Pole, and to Yuk Muck Rock, yeah... We come up to New York in 1965, and at the same time we practiced two hours a day. It was very rough there, life was very tough, I mean, I suffered from malnutrition: one time we played a job, five dollars for six hours. The first thing I ever did was the one with John Coltrane: "NEW WAVE IN JAZZ", you remember that, that was the first one. The second was "BELLS" at Town Hall, we recorded for Bernard Stollman at Town Hall, a one-side, I guess you could say, hit, "BELLS", and then in the Fall of the year we did "SPIRITS REJOICE" and it was a nice recording, pretty fair I guess you can say. After that I got in contact with John Coltrane: talked with him on the New Year, 1966, and he helped set up a recording date for me and my brother, that was the album "LIVE IN GREENWICH VILLAGE", at the Village Vanguard and the Village Gate, yeah... After that we went to Europe, in November of 1966 and we recorded and played on TV all over Europe, and then we came back, and John Coltrane helped us get together, like...

C.: Was your brother together with you and John Coltrane?

A.: Oh, we played the thing... February 1966. We played "MY FAVOURITE THINGS", we all played, you know, they booed us because they were not ready for the music at that time, they booed us, you know. This was recorded in Czekoslovakia, yeah, yeah, then from that period on, 1967, we did another recording, I'm not sure if it is 1968, it is 1968, the name of the record was "LOVE CRY", yeah, we played "LOVE CRY".

C.: Did you compose or arrange any tune for "LOVE CRY"?

A.: No, "LOVE CRY" is all by Albert...

C.: Did you compose or arrange any other tune? Possibly "JESUS".

A.: No, my tune was "OUR PRAYER", that was my recording, my composition too. "LOVE CRY" is all by Albert. During a period when I came back from Europe in 1964 I came over the ideas of "OUR PRAYER", that was first, and then "THE TRUTH IS MARCHING IN" came later. They wrote in the album that "THE TRUTH IS MARCHING IN" was first, but "OUR PRAYER" was first.

C.: How do you feel about the mysticism of your brother? About his interest in God, in the church, in the spirit? Do you agree with his ideas?

A.: Oh, basically we had... we were brothers so we have a lot of ideas that was close to each other, you know...

C.: You were with your brother at the funeral of John Coltrane. What do you remember about that? How many people were there, thousands of people? Black, white?

A.: At the funeral I was present, right, everyone was there, yes, I mean, not only musicians, but people from all lots of life, all colors from all nations, because people understood what John Coltrane stood for. I remember seeing Stockeley Carmichael, Rapp Brown... Yes, I remember, my brother and Ornette Coleman were supposed to play, and we played at funeral in St. Peter's Church. I think that everybody cried when they heard that he had died, you know, and I cried when I heard about it, I cried when I heard that he had died, but after a while I realized you couldn't bring him back in the world, so, you know, I just played the best I could, I think I played some of the best music of my life at old John's funeral, yeah, the music was recorded, we heard it, very spiritual music, very spiritual.

C.: There are so many different versions about the terrible death of your brother. Can you tell us something about it? How did you learn that your brother was dead?

A.: I was not in New York at the time, I was in Cleveland. We found out about it in Cleveland. They said that they had his body in the morgue, so my father, my mother and me, we went up there and we claimed the body.

C.: But what did the police have to say about it?

A.: They say it is mysterious, and that's all they can say... yes, it is hardly impossible... no, nothing, nothing...

C.: After the death of your brother you seem to have stopped playing for about ten years. What was your experience of the music since then?

A.: I didn't play for about two and half years. Then Mustafa and Al Rollins got me interested in playing again...

C.: Who is Al Rollins, a relative of Sonny Rollins?

A.: No, he is a guy in Cleveland who plays tenor, he is not a relative of Sonny... he is not with us now, he didn't come over to Europe because I didn't feel he was ready. At the beginning I would be just practicing, me and Mustafa and Al Rollins, we practiced every Tuesday, we were doing the same songs that we are doing now, and that's the reason why Mustafa knows most of the songs that we are playing now, because we have practiced for years. In the last four years I played the Cleveland State and I played the Peabody's Cafe, and I played another bar where I have been working, work this space, several times. During the period that we were practicing together, Mustafa and Al, I played with Tony Smith... Tony came to town and we played together during that period of time...

C.: Where was that, just around Cleveland, or elsewhere in the States, New York, California?

A.: Well, right now my mother had a stroke, and I am trying to be around to give her support, yeah, and without that, I'll try and move my base probably up to New York, you know...

C.: Are you happy with your present group?

A.: Well, I think that all we need to do is to get more work, that is all we need, just more work...

C.: Of the tunes you play, which is the one you prefer?A.: I like "CHANGES COME", where I go up on the trumpet, real high, yeah.

C.: Do you feel you are still in the jazz scene? Do people remember your name, ask you for interviews and the like?

A.: Oh, I made one interview with, the one that, what's his name, let's see, what is the name of that... CADENCE, yes, it is Bob Rusch, yeah.

C.: What are your plans for the future?

A.: I hope to come back in the Fall of the year and travel all around Europe, and do festivals, club dates and everything. I Plan to go to Paris, Stockholm, Germany, Finland, Copenhagen, Denmark, and, let me see, maybe England.

C.: We all wish you good luck.”

donganelin

Don Ayler with members of his 1981 band and the Ganelin Trio.
From Russian Jazz: New Identity by Leo Feigin (Quartet Books, 1986)

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Donald Ayler Sessionography

 

1965

Albert Ayler Quintet
Donald Ayler (t) Albert Ayler (ts) Joel Freedman (cello) Lewis Worrell (b) Sunny Murray (d)
Village Gate, New York, March 28, 1965 (public performance recording)

Holy Ghost
Saints

(Albert Ayler)
(Albert Ayler)

The New Wave In Jazz Impulse (US) AS-90
Unreleased

Holy Ghost also issued on Re-evaluation: The Impulse Years Impulse (US) AS-9257-2, Energy Essentials Impulse (US) ASD9228, La Saga Heroique d'Albert Ayler Impulse AS-1024, Pathe (France) 2C.154-92336/7 and Live In Greenwich Village: The Complete Impulse Recordings Impulse (US) IMPD 2-273 (according to the sleevenotes of which, the unreleased track, Saints, is believed lost).

 

Albert Ayler Quintet
Donald Ayler (t) Charles Tyler (as) Albert Ayler (ts) Lewis Worrell (b) Sunny Murray (d)
Town Hall, New York, May 1, 1965 (public performance recording)

Bells

(Albert Ayler)

Bells ESP-Disk’ (US) ESP 1010

Also issued on CD coupled with Prophecy on ESP/ZYX (Germany)1010-2, Get Back (Italy) GET 1003CD and ESP- Disk’ (US) ESP 4006.

 

Albert Ayler Sextet
Donald Ayler (t -1/3,5) Charles Tyler (as -1/3,5) Albert Ayler (ts) Henry Grimes, Gary Peacock (b) Sunny Murray (d) Call Cobbs (hpsc -4)
Judson Hall, New York, September 23, 1965 (location record date)

Spirits Rejoice
Holy Family
D.C.
Prophet

(Albert Ayler)
(Albert Ayler)
(Albert Ayler)
(Albert Ayler)

Spirits Rejoice
ESP-Disk' (US) ESP 1020

My Favorite Things

(Rodgers, Hammerstein)

Unreleased

Albert Ayler Quintet
Donald Ayler (t) Albert Ayler (ts) Michel Samson (v) Mutawef Shaheed [then known as Clyde Shy] (b) Ronald Shannon Jackson (d)
La Cave, Cleveland, April 16, 1966 (public performance recording
)

Spirits Rejoice
D.C.
Untitled
Our Prayer
Untitled
Ghosts

(Albert Ayler)
(Albert Ayler)
(Albert Ayler)
(Albert Ayler)
(Albert Ayler)
(Albert Ayler)

Holy Ghost
Revenant Records RVN 213

Albert Ayler Quintet
Donald Ayler (t) Albert Ayler (ts) Frank Wright (ts -4/9) Michel Samson (v) Mutawef Shaheed [then known as Clyde Shy] (b) Ronald Shannon Jackson (d)
La Cave, Cleveland, April 17, 1966

Spirits Rejoice
Prophet / Ghosts / Spiritual Bells
Our Prayer / Spirits Rejoice
Untitled / Truth Is Marching In
Spirits
Zion Hill
Spirits
Spiritual Bells
Untitled

(Albert Ayler)
(Albert Ayler)
(Don Ayler/Albert Ayler)
(Albert Ayler)
(Albert Ayler)
(Albert Ayler)
(Albert Ayler)
(Albert Ayler)
(Albert Ayler)

Holy Ghost
Revenant Records RVN 213

Albert Ayler Quintet
Donald Ayler (t) Albert Ayler (ts) Michel Samson (v) Lewis Worrell (b) Ronald Shannon Jackson (d)
Slugs’, New York, May 1, 1966 (public performance recording)

Truth Is Marching In
Our Prayer
Bells
Ghosts
Initiation

(Albert Ayler)
(Don Ayler)
(Albert Ayler)
(Albert Ayler)
(Albert Ayler)

Live at Slug’s Saloon Volume 1
Base (Italy) 3031
Live at Slug’s Saloon Volume 2
Base (Italy) 3031
Albert Ayler at Slugs Saloon 1966
ESP-DISK (Japan) TKCZ-7915
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Base (Italy) 3031 also released on DIW (Japan) 1001, and as Truth is Marching In on Magic Music (Germany) LP10003, CD30003. Base (Italy) 3032 also released on DIW (Japan) 1002, and as Black Revolt on Magic Music (Germany) LP10004, CD30004. Both original volumes released as In Memory of Albert Ayler, Jazz Door 1203, and as Complete Live At Slug’s Saloon, Lonehill Jazz (Spain) LHJ 10101. ESP-DISK (Japan) TKCZ-79158 (both volumes plus additional track) also released as Slugs Saloon on Get Back (Italy) GET 1018CD, GET 1018LP, Fruit Tree 841 and ESP 4025.

 

Albert Ayler Quintet
Donald Ayler (t) Albert Ayler (ts) Michel Samson (v) Bill Folwell (b) Beaver Harris (d)
Berlin Jazz Festival, Berlin Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany, November 3, 1966 (public performance recording)
(The concert was televised and footage was included in Kasper Collin’s My Name Is Albert Ayler.)

Ghosts / Bells
Truth Is Marching In
Omega
Our Prayer

(Albert Ayler)
(Albert Ayler)
(Albert Ayler)
(Don Ayler)

Albert Ayler
Philology (Italy) W 88

The Berlin Concerts - 1966
Relyable (Italy) 001

All tracks released on Albert Ayler Live In Europe 1964-1966 Landscape (France) LS2-902, Landscape 902 (CD), Holy Ghost Revenant Records RVN 213 and Stockholm, Berlin 1966 HAT HUT Records hatOLOGY 717.

 

Albert Ayler Quintet
Donald Ayler (t) Albert Ayler (ts) Michel Samson (v) Bill Folwell (b) Beaver Harris (d)
SWF Television studio, Munich, Germany, November 4, 5 or 6, 1966 (studio broadcast recording)

Unknown titles

Unreleased

Albert Ayler Quintet
Donald Ayler (t) Albert Ayler (ts) Michel Samson (v) Bill Folwell (b) Beaver Harris (d)
Lörrach, Germany, November 7,1966 (location broadcast recording)

Bells
Prophet
Our Prayer / Spirits Rejoice
Ghosts
Truth Is Marching In

(Albert Ayler)
(Albert Ayler)
(Don Ayler/Albert Ayler)
(Albert Ayler)
(Albert Ayler)

Lorrach/Paris 1966
Hat HUT (Switzerland) HatMUSICS 3500

Also released as Jesus on Jazz Galore (Italy) 1002

 

Albert Ayler Quintet
Donald Ayler (t) Albert Ayler (ts) Michel Samson (v) Bill Folwell (b) Beaver Harris (d)
De Doelen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, November 8,1966 (public performance recording)

Truth Is Marching In
Bells
Spirits Rejoice
“Free Spiritual Music”, part IV

(Albert Ayler)
(Albert Ayler)
(Albert Ayler)
(Albert Ayler)

Holy Ghost
Revenant Records RVN 213

Albert Ayler Quintet
Donald Ayler (t) Albert Ayler (ts) Michel Samson (v) Bill Folwell (b) Beaver Harris (d)
Kulttuuritalo, Helsinki, Finland, November 9,1966 (public performance recording)

Untitled
Jesus
Oaagaada
Our Prayer
Divine Peace Maker


(Albert Ayler)
(Albert Ayler)
(Don Ayler)
(Albert Ayler)

Unreleased

Albert Ayler Quintet
Donald Ayler (t) Albert Ayler (ts) Michel Samson (v) Bill Folwell (b) Beaver Harris (d)
Koncerthus, Stockholm, Sweden, November 10,1966 (location broadcast recording)

Truth Is Marching In
Omega Is The Alpha
Our Prayer - Bells
Infinite Spirit - Japan

(Albert Ayler)
(Albert Ayler)
(Don Ayler/Albert Ayler)
(Albert Ayler/P. Sanders)

Stockholm, Berlin 1966
HAT HUT Records hatOLOGY 71
7

Albert Ayler Quintet
Donald Ayler (t) Albert Ayler (ts) Michel Samson (v) Bill Folwell (b) Beaver Harris (d)
Tivolis Koncertsal, Copenhagen, Denmark, November 11,1966 (location broadcast recording)

Truth Is Marching In
Holy Ghost/Untitled/Light In Darkness
Our Prayer
Untitled

(Albert Ayler)
(Albert Ayler)
(Don Ayler)
(Albert Ayler)

Unreleased

Albert Ayler Quintet
Donald Ayler (t) Albert Ayler (ts) Michel Samson (v) Bill Folwell (b) Beaver Harris (d)
Paris Jazz Festival, Salle Pleyel, Paris, France, November 13,1966 (public performance recording
)

Ghosts
Spiritual Rebirth/Light In Darkness/ Infinite Spirit
All / Our Prayer / Holy Family

(Albert Ayler)

(Albert Ayler)
(Albert Ayler/Don Ayler/Albert Ayler)

Lorrach/Paris 1966
Hat HUT (Switzerland) HatMUSICS 3500

Albert Ayler Quintet
Donald Ayler (t) Albert Ayler (ts) Michel Samson (v) Bill Folwell (b) Beaver Harris (d)
Sigma Festival, Bordeaux, France, November 14,1966

Infinite Spirit
other titles unknown

(Albert Ayler)

Unreleased

A six-minute video of ‘Infinite Spirit’ from this concert (possibly from a TV broadcast of 28/11/66) is in circulation among private collectors.

 

Albert Ayler Quintet
Donald Ayler (t) Albert Ayler (ts) Michel Samson (v) Bill Folwell (b) Beaver Harris (d)
’Jazz Goes to College’ BBC TV recording, London School of Economics, London, England, November 15,1966 (location broadcast recording)

Unknown titles

Unreleased

The programme was never broadcast and the tapes were later wiped.

 

Albert Ayler Sextet
Donald Ayler (t) Albert Ayler (ts) Michel Samson (v) Call Cobbs (p -5) Bill Folwell, Henry Grimes (b) Beaver Harris (d)
Village Vanguard, New York, December 18,1966 (public performance recording)

Truth Is Marching In
Our Prayer
Spirits Rejoice
Divine Peacemaker

(Albert Ayler)
(Don Ayler)
(Albert Ayler)
(Albert Ayler)

Albert Ayler In Greenwich Village
Impulse A(S)9155
The Village Concerts
Impulse IA9336/2

1967

Albert Ayler Septet
Donald Ayler (t -2/8) George Stell (tb -8) Albert Ayler (as -1, ts) Michel Samson (v) Joel Freedman (cello) Bill Folwell, Alan Silva (b) Beaver Harris (d -2/8)
Village Theatre, New York, February 26,1967 (public performance recording)

Change Has Come
Light In Darkness
Heavenly Home
Spiritual Rebirth
Infinite Spirit
Omega Is The Alpha
Universal Thought
s

(Albert Ayler)
(Albert Ayler)
(Albert Ayler)
(Albert Ayler)
(Albert Ayler)
(Albert Ayler)
(Albert Ayler)

Albert Ayler In Greenwich Village Impulse A(S)9155
The Village Concerts Impulse IA9336/2




Live In Greenwich Village: The Complete Impulse Recordings Impulse IMPD-2-273

Albert Ayler Quintet
Donald Ayler (t) Albert Ayler (ss, as, ts, voc) Michel Samson (v) Bill Folwell (b) Milford Graves (d)
Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, Rhode Island, June 30/July 1,1967 (public performance recording)

Truth Is Marching In/Omega
Japan/Universal Indians
Our Prayer

(Albert Ayler)
(trad./Albert Ayler)
(Don Ayler)

Holy Ghost
Revenant Records RVN 213

Albert Ayler Quartet
Donald Ayler (t) Albert Ayler (ts, voc) Richard Davis (b) Milford Graves (d)
‘Funeral of John Coltrane’, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, New York, July 21, 1967 (public performance recording)

Love Cry/Truth Is Marching In/
Our Prayer

(Albert Ayler)
(Don Ayler)

Holy Ghost
Revenant Records RVN 213

Albert Ayler Quintet
Donald Ayler (t -1/3,5) Albert Ayler (as, ts, voc) Call Cobbs (harpsichord -3/4,6) Alan Silva (b) Milford Graves (d)
Capitol Studios, New York, August 31,1967 (studio record date)

Love Cry
Ghosts
Omega
Bells

(Albert Ayler)
(Albert Ayler)
(Albert Ayler)
(Albert Ayler)

Love Cry
Impulse A(S)-9165

1968

Albert Ayler Quintet
Donald Ayler (t -2/3,5) Albert Ayler (as, ts, voc) Call Cobbs (harpsichord -1,4) Alan Silva (b) Milford Graves (d)
Capitol Studios, New York, February 13,1968 (studio record date)

Universal Indians
Love Cry II
Universal Indians (alternate take)

(Albert Ayler)
(Albert Ayler)
(Albert Ayler)

Love Cry Impulse A(S)-9165
Love Cry Impulse GRD-108 (CD)

Albert Ayler Quintet
Donald Ayler (t) Albert Ayler (ts) Call Cobbs (p) Junie Booth (b) Milford Graves (d)
Rockwell Hall, Buffalo State University, March 9, 1968 (public performance)

Unknown titles

Unreleased

Filmed for the Public Broadcast Laboratory TV programme, which was broadcast on April 21, 1968 as “Who’s Afraid of the Avant-Garde?”. The Ayler footgae was not included.

Don Ayler Group
Donald Ayler (t), possibly: Noah Howard (as), Don Pullen (p), Reggie Workman, Norris Jones (Sirone) (b), Muhammad Ali (d).
Venue and date unknown.
Recording session for Amiri Baraka’s Jihad label.

Unknown titles

Unreleased

1969

Don Ayler Sextet
Don Ayler (t) Albert Ayler (as) Sam Rivers (ts) Richard Johnson (p) Richard Davis, Ibrahim Wahen (b) Muhammad Ali (d)
Town Hall, New York, January 11, 1969 (public performance recording)

Prophet John
Judge Ye Not

(Don Ayler)
(Don Ayler)

Holy Ghost
Revenant Records RVN 213

1981

Don Ayler Septet
Don Ayler (t) Abdul Rahim Mustafa (reeds) Frank Doblekar (ts) Anthony “Tony” Smith (p) John Davis (g) Richard “Radu” Williams (b) Jerry Griffin (perc)
Theatre Andromeda, Florence, Italy, July 18, 1981 (public performance recording)

The Bebop Tune
The African Song
Coltrane’s Blues
The Indian Song
The Eastern Song
Peace
The Japanese Song

(Don Ayler)
(Don Ayler)
(Don Ayler)
(Don Ayler)
(Don Ayler)
(Don Ayler)
(Don Ayler)

Don Ayler In Florence 1981 Vol. 1
Frame (Italy) RF-2001
Don Ayler In Florence 1981 Vol. 2
Frame (Italy) RF-2002
Don Ayler In Florence 1981 Vol. 3
Frame (Italy) RF-2003

(I must thank Alfie Cooke who originally suggested I add a Don Ayler sessionography to the site and provided me with some of the information.)

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