New Grass

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Campbell
Possibly the most notorious Albert Ayler release and universally misunderstood i.e., hated by fans and critics alike. When New Grass was released in 1968 it received a hostile outcry of "sell-out." Listening to New Grass in hindsight; it must be taken into account that even though commercial elements are apparent -- a soul horn section, backup singers, boogaloo drumming from Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, and electric rock bass -- Ayler's vocals and tenor playing could hardly gain commercial radio exposure at any time. It's likely Impulse prodded Ayler to move into a more pronounced blues-oriented sound and he went willingly. Ayler wasn't a stranger to R&B or gutbucket blues; he...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Campbell
Possibly the most notorious Albert Ayler release and universally misunderstood i.e., hated by fans and critics alike. When New Grass was released in 1968 it received a hostile outcry of "sell-out." Listening to New Grass in hindsight; it must be taken into account that even though commercial elements are apparent -- a soul horn section, backup singers, boogaloo drumming from Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, and electric rock bass -- Ayler's vocals and tenor playing could hardly gain commercial radio exposure at any time. It's likely Impulse prodded Ayler to move into a more pronounced blues-oriented sound and he went willingly. Ayler wasn't a stranger to R&B or gutbucket blues; he had started his career playing saxophone with Chicago bluesman Little Walter in the '50s. Ayler's screeching tone remains intact on New Grass, but it's mixed with definite R&B riffs like the obvious honkin' nod to "Slippin and Sliddin" on "New Generation." Ayler's attempt to explain himself on the opening track with "Message from Albert Ayler," reveals his impending dread over controversy concerning the material. It is a problem many artists face at some point in their careers when trying to move in a different direction, no matter what the reason; they may end up losing a majority of their audience by taking a foreign approach. Interested listeners now have another chance to hear New Grass, as it was issued for the first time in America on CD in 2005 by Universal/Impulse.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/13/2005
  • Label: Impulse Records
  • UPC: 602498802724
  • Catalog Number: 000426902

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 New Grass/Message from Albert (3:55)
  2. 2 New Generation (5:09)
  3. 3 Sun Watcher (7:30)
  4. 4 New Ghosts (4:12)
  5. 5 Heart Love (5:33)
  6. 6 Everybody's Movin' (3:43)
  7. 7 Free at Last! (3:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Albert Ayler Primary Artist, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals, Human Whistle, Recitation
Joe Newman Trumpet
Seldon Powell Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Garnett Brown Trombone
Call Cobbs Organ, Piano, Harp, Electric Harpsichord
Burt Collins Trumpet
Bill Folwell Bass, Electric Bass
Buddy Lucas Bass, Baritone Saxophone
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie Drums
Bert de Coteaux Conductor
Joe Newman Quartet Trumpet
Rose Marie McCoy Vocals
Soul Singers Vocals
Technical Credits
Bob Thiele Producer, Engineer
Bert de Coteaux Arranger
Gary Kellgren Engineer
John F. Szwed Liner Notes
Robin Syler Composer
Henry Epstein Cover Design, Liner Design
Elliott Landy Cover Photo
Bryan Koniarz Reissue Producer
Ken Druker Executive Producer
Byron Goto Cover Design
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