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My Name Is Albert Ayler

Spirits

Swing Low Sweet Spiritual

Prophecy

Spiritual Unity

New York Eye And Ear Control

The Copenhagen Tapes

Ghosts

The Hilversum Session

Bells

Spirits Rejoice

Sonny’s Time Now

Live At Slug’s Saloon

Live In Europe 1964-66

Stockholm, Berlin 1966

Lorrach/Paris 1966

In Greenwich Village

Love Cry

New Grass

Music Is The Healing Force Of The Universe

The Last Album

Live On The Riviera

Nuits De La Fondation Maeght

Holy Ghost

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     Europe 1966
     Slugs’ Saloon
     La Cave

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Graham Hartill

 

Smoke:

(for Albert Ayler)

Smoke from the riverbanks,
music, swelling into pleasure
borne downriver on the steamers,
deposited back into nooks
and elbows of thick Mississippi –

so soul
lives,
settlement persists –
it’s the music,

the thoroughfare that is
the people’s body
lilts
from entanglement of pain
into the wide time
of America’s shout

and it is always Easter
whenever an artist discovers
gold
in the oldest songs
and redeems it,
shoving them onwards

to where they are ever wanted –
the white continents’
eyes consumptive, glazed
by capitalism,
banal,
and gagging for red soul-flowers

Easter Sunday morning –
listening out for
the giant Golden Day
of a trumpet bell,

and the whipped ensemble of drum-skins,

the bowed bass

and the smoke

 

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