Today In Jazz

Happy Birthday Albert Ayler!

July 13

Tenor saxophonist Albert Ayler (1936-70) represents in many ways the volcanic and troubled times of the 1960’s, both in his music and in his life, which culminated in a tragic suicide. Following in the wake of John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman and Cecil Taylor, Ayler found a new language to express on his tenor saxophone that was as old as it was new.

 

And as we remember Ayler on what would have been his 78th birthday, we share his seminal GHOSTS: