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Something Different!!!!!

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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Don Ayler Discography

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The Inconsistency of
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     Europe 1966
     Slugs’ Saloon
     La Cave

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Some mp3s

(A few mp3s of Ayler tracks to give the complete neophyte some idea of what this site is all about. Plus links to odd other mp3s scattered round the site.)

 

Sheet Music

(Lead sheets for several Ayler compositions transcribed by Jeff Schwartz. Several pages of examples of Ayler’s music from Peter Niklas Wilson’s Spirits Rejoice: Albert Ayler und seine Botschaft. Plus an arrangement of ‘Truth is Marching In’ and transcriptions of Ayler’s ‘upbeat windups’ by Dikko Faust. )

 

Albert Ayler and the Inconsistency of Tune Titles

(Discographies are one thing - here Dikko Faust and Sean Wilkie explain what Ayler is really playing.)

 

Versions

(A list of recordings of Ayler tunes by other musicians.)

 

Tributes

(A list of recordings dedicated to Ayler. Plus various other tributes - bands, ballets, artworks, events, etc.)

 

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Finally, I thought the following item about Albert Ayler’s most famous composition should be included here.

The Origin of ‘Ghosts’

From Dan Warburton’s sleevenotes to The Copenhagen Tapes:

“Ayler Records’ Jan Strom claims that ‘Ghosts’ originates in a song called Torparvisan (‘Little Farmer’s Song’) which was a hit on Swedish radio in 1961, and the late Bengt Frippe Nordstrom, who recorded Albert at the time, confirmed that Albert performed the song while touring the country with local musicians. A close listening to the 78 rpm recording as sung by Gunde Johansson reveals little melodic similarity between the folk material and any extant Ayler composition to my knowledge, though the harmonic correspondences are clear enough. Then again, it could be argued that, in Scandinavian folk music, Ayler rediscovered the universal tonic-subdominant-dominant cornerstones of Western music, the basic building blocks of the gospel and blues tradition he grew up with.”

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