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Albert Ayler in 1966 -- an exclusive free download

Published October 13, 2006 7:01AM (EDT)

This live recording from a 1966 show at Slug's Saloon on New York's Lower East Side, recently reissued by ESP, is of a quintet performance of Albert Ayler playing his unique brand of tenor sax, with brother Donald on trumpet, Michael Samson on violin, Lewis Worrell on bass and Ron Jackson on drums -- but functionally you're hearing a trio, all metal, no wood. The drums and horns completely drown out all but ghostly traces of the stringed instruments as Ayler leads his band from a freely weeping pageantry into an unbridled cacophony of joy. Note: The track lasts over 18 minutes, so this is a large file.

-- T.B.

By Salon Staff

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