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Bells

by Albert Ayler

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“Bells” is the celebrated set that overjoyed the audience at New York’s Town Hall on May 1st, 1965. It’s a ferocious, twenty-minute romp containing excellent group improvisation and Ayler's signature military-themed melodies. The performance marks an important shift in Albert’s music: towards blurring the lines between composition and improvisation. It is also the debut recording of Charles Tyler. Reissued on 180 gram transparent vinyl with screenprinted Bells logo on the blank side.

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released January 1, 1965

Personnel

Albert Ayler: tenor sax
Donald Ayler: trumpet
Charles Tyler: alto sax
Lewis Worrell: bass
Sunny Murray: drums



"Town Hall", NYC, May 1, 1965

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Albert Ayler Brooklyn, New York

Tenor saxophonist Albert Ayler, one of the most controversial and polarizing musicians in the history of jazz, pioneered a new style of playing and became an icon of "free jazz." The playing of both Ayler and his band mates was of such great spontaneity and imagination that no two performances are remotely the same beyond their themes -- and their emotional intensity. ... more

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