“With his new album Songs of Resistance 1948 - 2018, Ribot - one of the world’s most accomplished and acclaimed guitar players - set out to assemble a set of songs that spoke to this political moment with appropriate ambition, passion, and fury. The eleven songs on the record are drawn from the World War II anti-Fascist Italian partisans, the U.S. civil rights movement, and Mexican protest ballads, as well as original compositions, and feature a wide range of guest vocalists, including Tom Waits, Steve Earle, Meshell Ndegeocello, Justin Vivian Bond, Fay Victor, Sam Amidon, and Ohene Cornelius.”
There’s an interview with Marc Ribot at the Daily Beast, under the headline, ‘Marc Ribot Leads a Musical Army Protesting Against Trump’.
Politics also figures in the interview with Noel McGhie, conducted by Pierre Crépon and Jochen Behring, in the current edition of Point of Departure. Again, no Ayler content, but well worth reading for the information it reveals about the French Free Jazz scene of the 1970s. Noel McGhie was born in Jamaica and moved to England when he was 18 to continue his trade as an electrician, but bureaucracy (one hopes) got in the way, and he took up the drums and joined a band. He went on to play with Steve Lacy, Archie Shepp and many others. This is just the first part of the interview, with more to come in the November issue.
Also, I’d recommend Bill Shoemaker's 'Page One' column on Point of Departure about John Coltrane’s 'new' album, Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album.
And talking of Coltrane
I came across this photo of John Coltrane’s funeral on the facebook Ayler group page: