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The Hilversum Session

by Albert Ayler

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Angels 06:57
Cac 05:02
Ghosts 07:32
Spirits 09:11
No Name 05:37


A legendary recording by tenor saxophonist Ayler with his amazing working band, recorded in Holland for radio play, here digitally remastered with new artwork.


Albert Ayler: tenor saxophone
Don Cherry: cornet
Gary Peacock: bass
Sunny Murray: drums

All songs by Albert Ayler except Infant Happiness (Don Cherry). All songs 2007 Syndicore Music (BMI).


Recorded on November 9, 1964, Hilversum, The Netherlands. Recording Engineer: Jan Schelling. Session originally produced by VARA-Radio by Michel de Ruyer and Aad Bos. Digital restoration by Douglas McGregor. Production Manager: George Abi-Hanna. Cover photo: Eliot Landy Design by Omar Khouri. Notes by Russ Musto.

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"These cats play together with the kind of intuition and foresight only a seasoned group can; they understand the nuances of the language they are speaking and know how to offer those to the listener emotionally, musically, and even culturally. Finally, as for the sound of the recording, it has never been better. The remastering job is excellent, providing excellent fidelity and balance -- not always true on the ESP-Disk' offerings in the past. Included in the package are fine liner notes by Russ Musto, and a neat poster of Ayler. If someone would take the same care with Ayler's Lörrach, Paris 1966, recordings (owned by Hat is Switzerland) and reissue those in this fashion, we have have a definitive recorded portrait of the great saxophonist. This is a welcome issue." - Thom Jurek, All Music Guide

"The reissue offers pristine sound and demonstrates that with all the recent Ayler tributes, inspired-bys and meditations on, there's nothing like the real thing." - Jeff Stockton, All About Jazz


released January 1, 1965


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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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