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HOLY GHOST

rare & unissued recordings (1962 - 70) 9 CD Spirit Box

 

Disc 1

Tracks

1. Sonnymoon for Two (Sonny Rollins) (8:29)

2. Summertime (George Gershwin/Ira Gershwin) (6:53)

3. On Green Dolphin Street (Bronislau Kaper) (3:26)

 

Personnel

Herbert Katz Quintet:

Herbert Katz (guitar)

Albert Ayler (tenor saxophone)

Teuvo Suojärvi (piano)

Heikki Annala (bass)

Martti Äijänen (drums).

 

Recording Details

June 30, 1962

Helsinki, Finland

 

Tracks

4. Spoken introductions by broadcast announcer and Borge Roger Henrichsen (0:42)

5. Four (Cecil Taylor) (21:46)

 

Personnel

Cecil Taylor Quartet:

Cecil Taylor (piano)

Jimmy Lyons (alto saxophone)

Albert Ayler (tenor saxophone)

Sunny Murray (drums)

 

Recording Details

possibly November 16, 1962

Copenhagen, Denmark

 

Tracks

6. Spirits [incomplete] (6:38)

7. Saints (10:32)

8. Ghosts [incomplete] (10:56)

 

Personnel

Albert Ayler Trio:

Albert Ayler (tenor saxophone)

Gary Peacock (bass)

Sunny Murray (drums)

 

Recording Details

June 14, 1964

Cellar Café, New York City

 

 

Disc 2

Tracks

1. The Wizard (6:51)

2. Children (9:05)

3. Spirits [theme] (0:28)

 

Personnel

Albert Ayler Trio:

Albert Ayler (tenor saxophone)

Gary Peacock (bass)

Sunny Murray (drums)

 

Recording Details

June 14, 1964

Cellar Café, New York City

 

Tracks

4. Spoken radio introduction (0:55)

5. Spirits (8:43)

6. Vibrations (8:23)

7. [Tune Q] (8:59)

8. Mothers (7:53)

9. Children (8:38)

10. Spirits [theme] (1:25)

 

Personnel

Albert Ayler Quartet:

Albert Ayler (tenor saxophone)

Don Cherry (cornet)

Gary Peacock (bass)

Sunny Murray (drums)

 

Recording Details

September 3, 1964

Café Montmartre, Copenhagen, Denmark

 

Tracks

11. Untitled (collective) (8:55)

 

Personnel

Burton Greene Quintet:

Burton Greene (piano)

Albert Ayler (tenor saxophone)

Frank Smith (tenor saxophone)

Steve Tintweiss (bass)

Rashied Ali (drums)

 

Recording Details

February, 1966

Slugs’, New York City

 

 

Disc 3

Tracks

First Set (16/4/66)

1. Spoken introduction by Peter Bergman (1:03)

2. Spirits Rejoice (4:39)

3. D.C. (Don Cherry) (5:58)

4. Untitled minor waltz (7:04)

5. Our Prayer (Don Ayler) (6:33)

Second Set (16/4/66)

6. Spoken introduction by Peter Bergman (1:13)

7. [F# tune] (15:20)

8. Ghosts (6:32)

First Set (17/4/66)

9. Spirits Rejoice (6:31)

10. Prophet / Ghosts / Spiritual Bells (14:33)

11. Our Prayer / Spirits Rejoice (Don Ayler / Albert Ayler) (9:43)

 

Personnel

Albert Ayler Quintet:

Albert Ayler (tenor saxophone)

Don Ayler (trumpet)

Michel Samson (violin)

Mutawef Shaheed [then known as Clyde Shy] (bass)

Ronald Shannon Jackson (drums)

 

Recording Details

Tracks 1 to 8:

April 16, 1966

La Cave, Cleveland

Tracks 9 to 11:

April 17, 1966

La Cave, Cleveland

 

 

Disc 4

Tracks

Second Set (17/4/66)

1. Untitled / Truth Is Marching In (15:43)

2. Spirits (9:16)

3. Zion Hill (12:40)

4. Spirits (7:00)

5. Spiritual Bells (3:48)

6. [F# tune] (9:18)

 

Personnel

Albert Ayler Quintet:

Albert Ayler (tenor saxophone)

Don Ayler (trumpet)

Frank Wright (tenor saxophone)

Michel Samson (violin)

Mutawef Shaheed (bass)

Ronald Shannon Jackson (drums)

 

Recording Details

April 17, 1966

La Cave, Cleveland

 

 

Disc 5

Tracks

1. Concert announcement by Dietrich Schulz-Köhn (1:10)

2. Ghosts / Bells (11:15)

3. Truth Is Marching In (7:07)

4. Omega (3:48)

5. Our Prayer (Don Ayler) (4:39)

6. Spoken introduction by Peter de Wit (1:25)

7. Truth Is Marching In (11:14)

8. Bells (5:35)

9. Spirits Rejoice (10:51)

10. “Free Spiritual Music”, part IV (6:44)

 

Personnel

Albert Ayler Quintet:

Albert Ayler (tenor saxophone)

Don Ayler (trumpet)

Michel Samson (violin)

Bill Folwell (bass)

Beaver Harris (drums)

 

Recording Details

Tracks 1 to 5:

November 3, 1966

Berlin Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany

Tracks 6 to 10:

November 8, 1966

De Doelen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

 

 

Disc 6

Tracks

1. Truth Is Marching In / Omega (9:00)

2. Japan / Universal Indians (traditional / Albert Ayler) (5:41)

3. Our Prayer (Don Ayler) (8:19)

 

Personnel

Albert Ayler Quintet:

Albert Ayler (tenor saxophone, soprano sax [track 3], alto sax [track 3], vocals [track 2])

Don Ayler (trumpet)

Michel Samson (violin)

Bill Folwell (bass)

Milford Graves (drums)

 

Recording Details

June 30 / July 1, 1967

Newport Jazz Festival, Freebody Park, Newport, Rhode Island

 

Tracks

4. Love Cry / Truth Is Marching In / Our Prayer (Albert Ayler / Don Ayler) (6:24)

 

Personnel

Albert Ayler Quartet:

Albert Ayler (tenor saxophone, vocals)

Don Ayler (trumpet)

Richard Davis (bass)

Milford Graves (drums)

 

Recording Details

July 21, 1967

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, New York City

(Recorded at the funeral of John Coltrane)

 

Tracks

5. Venus / Upper and Lower Egypt (Pharoah Sanders) (22:59)

 

Personnel

Pharoah Sanders:

Pharoah Sanders (tenor saxophone)

Chris Capers (trumpet)

Unknown (poss. Noah Howard) (alto saxophone)

Albert Ayler (tenor saxophone)

Unknown (tenor saxophone)

Dave Burrell (piano)

Sirone (bass)

Roger Blank (drums)

 

Recording Details

January 21, 1968

Renaissance Ballroom, New York City

 

Tracks

6. Untitled blues (6:04)

7. Untitled sermon (0:50)

8. Thank God for Women (Albert Ayler / Mary Parks) (10:16)

9. New Ghosts [demo fragments] (Albert Ayler / Mary Parks) (7:10)

 

Personnel

Albert Ayler:

Albert Ayler (tenor saxophone, vocal, solo recitation [track 7])

Call Cobbs (piano, Rocksichord)

Bill Folwell (electric bass guitar)

Bernard Purdie (drums)

Mary Parks (vocal, prob. tambourine)

Vivian Bostic (vocal)

 

Recording Details

Late August, 1968

New York City area

 

 

Disc 7

Tracks

1. Prophet John (Don Ayler) (10:53)

2. Judge Ye Not (Don Ayler) (10:16)

 

Personnel

Don Ayler Sextet:

Don Ayler (trumpet)

Albert Ayler (alto saxophone)

Sam Rivers (tenor saxophone)

Richard Johnson (piano)

Richard Davis, Ibrahim Wahen (bass)

Muhammad Ali (drums)

 

Recording Details

January 11, 1969

Town Hall, New York City

 

Tracks

3. Mothers / Children (8:42)

4. Untitled [incomplete] (14:14)

5. Untitled [C minor] (5:21)

6. Untitled [F minor/C minor] (10:36)

 

Personnel

Albert Ayler Quartet:

Albert Ayler (tenor saxophone)

Call Cobbs (piano)

Steve Tintweiss (bass)

Allen Blairman (drums)

prob. Mary Maria (tambourine, hand-clapping)

 

Recording Details

prob. July 28, 1970

La Colle sur Loup, Saint Paul de Vence, France

 

 

Disc 8

1. Albert Ayler interview with Birger Jørgensen for Afterbeat program (5:20)
Recorded: early December, 1964 in Copenhagen, Denmark

2. Albert Ayler interview with Birger Jørgensen for Afterbeat program
Recorded on or around November 11, 1966 in Copenhagen, Denmark (5:31)

3. Albert Ayler interview with Daniel Caux for France Culture
Recorded July 27, 1970 in Saint Paul de Vence, France (38:54)

4. [Bonus item at the end of the Daniel Caux interview: a 1964 phone conversation between Paul Karting and Albert Ayler setting up Ayler’s appearances in Holland, including the radio broadcast which ended up as The Hilversum Session.]

 

 

Disc 9

1. Albert Ayler interview with Kiyoshi Koyama for Swing Journal
Recorded July 25, 1970 in Saint Paul de Vence, France (57:32)

2. Don and Mocqui Cherry interview with Daniel Caux
Recorded in Paris, 1971 (14:38)

3. [Bonus item at the end of the Don Cherry interview: ‘The Airport Tape’
Personnel
Mary Maria, Albert Ayler, Steve Tintweiss, unidentified airport official (voc)
Recording Details
August 4, 1970
Luxembourg International Airport]

 

 

Disc 10

[Bonus disc]

Tracks

1. Tenderly (Gross / Lawrence) (4:32)

2. Leap Frog (Garland) (3:16)

 

Personnel

U. S. Army 76th A. G. Band:

Larry Drabik, ? Long, ? Holman (trumpets)

John Pajak, Max Marable, Thomas Blagg (trombones)

Willie Gordon (french horn)

Albert Ayler, Leo Howard, Ralph Sgrillo, Robert Throne, ? Elseroad (saxophones)

? Cushman (piano)

? Babcock (guitar)

? Raines (bass)

Tony Sarmento, Paul Tolar (drums)

 

Recording Details

September 14, 1960

Rehearsal session

 

Release Details

Released (5/10/04) as HOLY GHOST: rare & unissued recordings (1962 - 70) 9 CD Spirit Box on Revenant Records (USA) RVN 213.

Disc 1, tracks 6 to 8 and Disc 2, tracks 1 to 3 previously released on Albert Smiles With Sunny In Respect (Germany) IR39501.
Disc 2, tracks 4 to 9 previously released on The Copenhagen Tapes Ayler Records (Sweden) aylCD-033.
Disc 2, tracks 5, 7, 8 and Disc 5, tracks 2 to 4 previously released on Albert Ayler Philology (Italy) W88.
Disc 2, tracks 5, 7, 8 and Disc 5, tracks 2 to 5 previously released on Albert Ayler Live In Europe 1964 - 1966 Landscape (France) LS2-902 (CD).
Disc 5, tracks 2 to 5 previously released on The Berlin Concerts - 1966 on Relyable (Italy) 001.

Disc 1, tracks 6 to 8 and Disc 2, tracks 1 to 3 were subsequently released in December, 2015 on Bells & Prophecy: Expanded Edition ESP (USA) 4076.
Disc 5, tracks 2 to 5 were subsequently released in October, 2011 on Stockholm, Berlin 1966 Hat HUT (Switzerland) hatOLOGY 717.

As well as the 9 CDs and the bonus CD, the box also contains the following:

A 208 page, lavishly illustrated, hardback book containing essays by Val Wilmer, Amiri Baraka, Ben Young, Marc Chaloin, Daniel Caux and Carl Woideck, extensive information on CD tracks and sidemen, a section of eyewitness accounts, and a 16 page appendix entitled ‘Sightings’ which amounts to a complete chronological listing of Ayler’s musical career.

A facsimile of the Paul Haines booklet which was included with the early copies of ‘Spiritual Unity’.

A special digest version of The Cricket containing Ayler’s To Mr. Jones - I Had A Vision.

A copy of a Slugs’ flier.

A photo of Albert, aged 12.

A copy of a note from Albert Ayler to Paul Karting.

And a dead flower...

 

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[Cover of REV 6011LP]

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Holy Ghost - Triple LP Set

In March 2005 Revenant released a vinyl edition of selected tracks from the Holy Ghost box set - three LPs on clear vinyl, including a poster and postcard.

 

Tracks

Side A:

1. [tune Q] (8:59)
Albert Ayler Quartet: Albert Ayler (ts), Don Cherry (cornet), Gary Peacock (b), Sunny Murray (d)
September 3, 1964 - Café Montmartre, Copenhagen, Denmark
(Disc 2, track 7)

2. [untitled]

3. D.C. (5:58)
Albert Ayler Quintet: Albert Ayler (ts), Don Ayler (t), Michel Samson (vln), Mutawef Shaheed (b), Ronald Shannon Jackson (d)
April 16, 1966 - La Cave, Cleveland
(Disc 3, track 3)

Side B:

1.[untitled minor waltz] (7:04)
Albert Ayler Quintet: Albert Ayler (ts), Don Ayler (t), Michel Samson (vln), Mutawef Shaheed (b), Ronald Shannon Jackson (d)
April 16, 1966 - La Cave, Cleveland
(Disc 3, track 4)

2. Prophet/Ghosts/Spiritual Bells (14:33)
Albert Ayler Quintet: Albert Ayler (ts), Don Ayler (t), Michel Samson (vln), Mutawef Shaheed (b), Ronald Shannon Jackson (d)
April 17, 1966 - La Cave, Cleveland
(Disc 10, track 4)

Side C:

1. [F#Tune]

2. Ghosts/Bells (11:15)
Albert Ayler Quintet: Albert Ayler (ts), Don Ayler (t), Michel Samson (vln), Bill Folwell (b), Beaver Harris (d)
November 3, 1966 - Berlin Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany
(Disc 5, track 2)

Side D:

1. Truth Is Marching In

2. "Free Spiritual Music", part IV (6:44)
Albert Ayler Quintet: Albert Ayler (ts), Don Ayler (t), Michel Samson (vln), Bill Folwell (b), Beaver Harris (d)
November 8, 1966 - De Doelen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
(Disc 5, track 10)

3. Japan/Universal Indians (5:41)
Albert Ayler Quintet: Albert Ayler (ts,voc), Don Ayler (t), Michel Samson (vln), Bill Folwell (b), Milford Graves (d)
June 30 / July 1, 1967 - Newport Jazz Festival, Rhode Island
(Disc 6, track 2)

Side E:

1. Four (21:46)
Cecil Taylor Quartet: Cecil Taylor (p), Jimmy Lyons (as), Albert Ayler (ts), Sunny Murray (d)
November 16, 1962 - Copenhagen, Denmark
(Disc1, track 5)

Side F:

1. Venus/Upper and Lower Egypt (22:59)
Pharoah Sanders: Chris Capers (t), unknown (as), Albert Ayler, Pharoah Sanders, unknown (ts), Dave Burrell (p), Sirone (b), Roger Blank (d)
January 21, 1968 - Renaissance Ballroom, New York City
(Disc 6, track 5)

 

Release Details

Released (31/3/05) as HOLY GHOST on Revenant Records REV 6011LP.

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[The Holy Ghost sampler]

The Holy Ghost sampler CD

Pre-release sampler CDs for the Holy Ghost box set were distributed for publicity purposes. Although not intended for retail, some of these sampler CDs will inevitably end up on ebay, so the details are listed here:

Tracks

1. Truth Is Marching In [Germany, 1966] (7:10) [Disc 5, track 3]
2. Summertime [Finland, 1962] (6:56) [Disc 1, track 2]
3. Mothers [Denmark, 1964] (7:56) [Disc 2, track 7]
4. Ghosts [New York, 1964] (10:59) [Disc 1, track 8]
5. untitled blues [New York, 1968] (6:05) [Disc 6, track 6]
6. untitled sermon [New York, 1968] (0:52) [Disc 6, track 7]
7. Free Spiritual Musics, Part IV [The Netherlands, 1966] (6:48) [Disc 5, track 10]
8. untitled [Cleveland, 1966] (6:57) [Disc 3, track 4]
9. Our Prayer [Germany, 1966] (4:41) [Disc 5, track 5]
10. interview no. 1 [Denmark, 1964] (5:19) [Disc 8, item 1]
11. interview no. 2 [Denmark, 1966] (5:06) [Disc 8, item 2]

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In Concert

In 2013 disc 5 of the Holy Ghost box set was issued as a download-only release by Jazz All Stars under the title, ‘In Concert’.

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Holy Ghost was nominated for 2 Grammy Awards in 2006: ‘Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package’ and ‘Best Historical Album’. Unfortunately it lost out to the Johnny Cash set, ‘The Legend’, for the former, and the ‘Complete Library Of Congress Recordings of Jelly Roll Morton’ for the latter.

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Following a legal dispute with the Ayler Estate, the remaining copies of Holy Ghost were handed over to ESP.

 

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