It isn't strictly an Albert Ayler album but a very interesting collaborative freely improvised soundtrack project for Michael Snow's film of the same name. Recorded in July 1964 by Albert Ayler, Don Cherry, Roswell Rudd, John Tchicai, Gary Peacock and Sunny Murray. Liner notes, photos and more... digitally remastered from the original tapes.
Michael Snow, the Toronto based film maker and pianist and catalyst for free improvisational performers everywhere; painter, sculptor and record producer, and the pride of Canada, used the image of pianist-composer Carla Bley as the inspiration for ah art film, NY EYE & EAR CONTROL. For his sound track, he assembled a group of ESP artists in his loft, and recorded them on July 17, 1964.
released January 1, 1965
Albert Ayler: tenor sax
Don Cherry: trumpet, cornet
John Tchicai: alto saxophone
Roswell Rudd: trombone
Gary Peacock: bass
Sunny Murray: drums
All compositions by Albert Ayler (Syndicore Music BMI)
Recorded in NYC, on July 17, 1964 by Michael Snow for use as the soundtrack to his film "Walking Woman" (aka New York Eye and Ear Control). Original cover design by Michael Snow. Production Manager: Tom Abbs. Analog to digital transfer by Michael D. Anderson. Digital remastering by Douglas McGregor. Design & Layout by Miles Bachman & Michael Sanzone.
"Something of a missing link between Ornette Coleman’s “Free Jazz” and John Coltrane’s “Ascension,” this recording is superior to those performances in its freer, truly group-oriented format, with no specified soloists and accompanists. Joined by the trumpeter and cornetist Don Cherry, the saxophonist John Tchicai, and the trombonist Roswell Rudd, as well as by Peacock and Murray, Ayler guides the group through the powerful authority of his playing; the riotous revelry joins the joy of New Orleans traditions to the urbane furies of the day." - Richard Brody, The New Yorker
"Ayler's wide-vibrato wail, gutbucket honks and folksy abstractions are all here, but they're constantly goading and commented on by Tchicai's slinky repetition, Rudd's braying tailgate and Cherry's darting bebop shards." - Clifford Allen, All About Jazz
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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I have one of the TPings of this genius's work and ît feels like a great honor. I think of Grimes as being more famous with musicians than the general public because of his taste in music. But he is brilliant and worth familiarizing yourself with. Great album start to finish. John Seltenreich
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"FLY or DIE LIVE" is an excellent document of a live set by a dynamic and tight collaborative unit who give voice to both the world we live in and the changes that need to be made in that world. An excellent example of improvisational and spontaneous performance where music and mood are all created in the moment. Branch and the band are all tight, all performing at an inspired level.
A really great album that fully demonstrates the skill and talent of an amazing group of artists. rikm