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Albert Ayler (born July 13th, 1936 in Cleveland Heights, Ohio – New York City, November 1970) was the most primal of the free jazz musicians of the 1960s. He possessed a deep blistering tone—achieved by using the stiffest plastic reeds he could find on his tenor saxophone—and a broad, pathos-filled vibrato that came right out of church music. His trio and quartet records of 1964, like 'Spiritual Unity' and 'The Hilversum…

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  • "Music about suffering." I like this a lot. Even the rare moments of sentimental tonality are embedded in suffering making it emulate a haunting nostalgia.
  • A very troubled man. He really played his soul out with that Gospel-tinged tenor.
  • Found this, after much searching - 'My Name is Albert Ayler' documentary - Swedish bits have no subtitles, but it's still a great film. Shame it didn't get a wider release http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/-_ap23w1Gi8
  • albert you are my hero
  • Music about suffering.
  • Brilliant man.
  • "one day everything will be as it should be" [2]
  • Вдохновенно!
  • He was beautiful.
  • "Trane was the Father, Pharoah was the Son, I am the Holy Ghost." [216476845]

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