5 May 2007


BOROMIR 'said.......''I've uploaded Albert Ayler - My Name is AA. This was his second recording I think. I've looked round on the net and I don't think it's available. It's probably not particularly rare, but there's bound to be be people who've never heard it. It's one of my favourite Ayler recordings, perhaps because it features familiar tunes. Anyhow, if you agree it's OOP, would you please post it sometime.
Link: http://rapidshare.com/files/29478807/Ayler.rar.html Scans attached. Vinyl ripped at 192 kbps.
this album, though briefly reissued on black lion in 1996,is out of print ,i havent seen a copy of this since selling mine years ago, i had a french semi bootleg 'musi disc'(aka america)
never a particular favourite ,of mine compared to later recordings (spirituals for example)of albert doing, more conventionaly harmonic material, still having been prompted to listen to this by 'boromirs email, i whipped out my tape ,and the thought occured that i foolishly sold it on an unfounded whim, a fascinating listen, better perhaps than the so called 1st recording.
for one thing ,the other players here seem far more upto the task,even if they dont understand quite where alberts coming from.
albert was to return to traditional ,more familiar changes based playing often,from this juncture.
its no surprised that a big toned tenor,like don byas with his own gospelly ecstatic sound expressed admiration,as did numerous earlier players.
im a big fan of sidney bechet, and the distance between them as evidenced here ,seems narrower than ever.
one wonders what arnette cob ,might have thought of this.

heres a review from jazz monthly of 1966
(From Jazz Monthly March, 1966.) - UK
MY NAME IS ALBERT AYLER:Albert Ayler (ten, sop-1); Niels Brønsted (p); Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen (bs); Ronnie Gardiner (d) Copenhagen—January 14, 1963Bye, bye blackbird-1 : : Billie’s bounce : : Summertime : : On Green Dolphin Street : : C. T. -2-2 Brønsted not present on this track Fontana 688 603 ZL (33/1d.)(The above LP is an import and can only be obtained from specialist jazz dealers)
AYLER’S OWN YOUTHFUL voice introduces this album, a soft voice that contrasts with the rich pained tones of his tenor playing. It is not a typical nor I suppose a great album. But it is one that I have frequently enjoyed sampling over the last twelve months or so since it first penetrated to Charing Cross Road as an import. Despite the rather incongruous choice of material and worse, the inclusion of a rigidly academic post-bop pianist and a woefully immature drummer, the value of the session was by no means purely historical. Ayler had by this time almost reached maturity and the breadth of his talent is clearly apparent. Already a completely individual musician whose influences are almost beyond detection, he was evolving a style with implications leading out beyond the Coleman barrier. Ayler’s style has been described in some detail with regard to his more recent ESP albums and despite the conservative material most of its elements are here. A unique feature of the record though is his playing of the soprano—quite surprisingly individual with hardly a note from Coltrane’s formulation for the instrument. He creates basically the same grotesque and sinuous tension as on tenor, though the higher pitch and thinner timbre alters the climate a little. Bye bye proves an adequate vehicle but one hopes to hear more of the soprano in more current context. Two musical details that catch the ear are his use of a continuous (as far as it is possible) rather than a particulate (scalar) pitch, and the attempt to suggest numerous melodic lines by rapid alternation of extremes of pitch or intensity. Also worth noting is the fact that despite the apparently arhythmic atmospheric style, careful attention reveals a complex division of the beat and some of his cadences are as subtle as any yet played in jazz. Needless to say he reveals tremendous confidence and authority—where were the critics while such a player was forming his style? What I have said of the opening track applies elsewhere. Billie’s theme gets a rather brusque dismissal and the accompaniment who seems to think it knows how the piece should be played is at its worst. Ayler makes one step towards appeasement—he blows a High society quote (after Bird)—then continues with some catching blues fragments though never really evolving a unified structure. Green dolphin is similarly compromised by the clash of personality, but the contrast between the tenor’s distant but suggestive references to the progression and the pianist’s grim orthodoxy is illuminating. There’s an entirely acceptable arco bass contribution and Albert throws in an Ornette Coleman quote to round things off. One or two Coleman passages also crop up on C. T., an Ayler original, and the only nominally free performance included (one wonders if the pianist refused to play). The item is full of interest even though the drummer is completely out of his depth and makes a lot of noise drowning. Pedersen, who is a sensitive bassist and who acts throughout as if he is at least not openly against the main soloist, is understandably less than perfect here, drawing too heavily on flamenco cliche. Despite (perhaps because of) the ineptitude of the rhythm section which does all the hackneyed things, Summertime approaches the classic heights of ballad playing. Ayler’s completely and painfully sensitive lines move back and forth through dynamic space (revealing incidentally his phenomenal control of timbre and intensity) suggesting a continual emotional flux from anger to defeat. After falling to a mundane piano solo then gathering a little with Pedersen, Ayler caps the performance with a beautiful second solo, the finest individual passage on my review records this month. Few jazzmen have conveyed such a breadth of emotional expression on a ballad. Having said this I sincerely hope that I have deterred no one from hearing this last track for it is very easy to give the impression of overstating one’s case. For a number of reasons the album is more approachable than later more typical and doubtless better records, but the performance of Summertime for the tenor at least is as good as any I know. In summary all followers of the new jazz should consider this album despite its imperfections, and doubters could at least try a taste of one of the most original talents on the contemporary scene.

and thanks to boromir ,once again for the great rip


H&H said...

This record was my first introduction to Ayler's music, in the late 90s. An essential post, gorgeously documented.

J-Bombay said...

Hiya Dipmong,

Thanks for the great post--Ayler was a fascinating player and personality. I was just listening to his Greenwich Village album (from Impulse) the other day and thinking about how amazing it was. I love the track "Truth is Marching In" of of it--what a scorcher!

Anyways, I was wondering if you had any information about the documentary released about Ayler also called "My Name is Albert Ayler." I left a note about it at Church #9, but couldn't seem to get any info there. It seems to be playing at a very limited number of venues, but I was hoping to find a DVD copy of it or something. This might be a long shot, but you seem to be a great source of info.

Thanks for the great stuff!


sotise said...

a pleasure j bombay
thanks for your many great posts ,sorry i dont promptly reply to all comments.

Anonymous said...

this is wonderful! thanks very much.

if you consider requests...i have searched in vain for ayler's out of print lorrach recordings. if by any chance....

thanks again for all your efforts!


testpattern said...

It seems as though Collins hasn't yet released the doc on DVD.

Anonymous said...

file not found :(

kinabalu said...

New links:



Upgrade to lossless flac.

farosanderson said...

Cheers, have bits and pieces of this from the box set Holy Ghost, so nice to have whole album. Keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

A very welcome post because I had this
rip, than I removed by mistake and after that I was looking for it with no success.
So, thank you very much Kinabalu.
Do you happen to have Pbthal's rip of
" A Love Supreme " ?


DW said...

kinabalu, thanks for this, and yes Mega still works...

Javier Roz said...

Thanks kinabalu. Love Ayler´s music.

Certifiablockhead said...

Mega workin...thank you...