Impulse Story

The Impulse Story

by Albert Ayler
     
 
Albert Ayler was a lightning rod for criticism both from within the music community and from without. His free-thinking approach made him a bane for jazz traditionalists, and his incorporation of popular American musical styles like soul, R&B, and even rock made him a sellout to the free jazz crowd. His volume in The Impulse Story series -- one of ten

Overview

Albert Ayler was a lightning rod for criticism both from within the music community and from without. His free-thinking approach made him a bane for jazz traditionalists, and his incorporation of popular American musical styles like soul, R&B, and even rock made him a sellout to the free jazz crowd. His volume in The Impulse Story series -- one of ten individual artist titles to accompany both the book The House That Trane Built: The Impulse Story by Ashley Kahn and the four-CD label history set of the same name from Universal, is in many ways the very evidence of both points on the scale. There are ten cuts on this set, and the first three -- "Holy Ghost," "Truth Is Marching In," and "Angels" -- come from the celebrated Live in Greenwich Village: The Complete Impulse Recordings double-disc set. They offer the best recorded evidence up to that point -- 1965 and 1966 -- of Ayler's use of gospel music and marching rhythms in his free jazz approach. All are lengthy pieces with three different lineups. There are two shorter tunes from Love Cry, recorded and issued in 1967 -- including a lovely short version of "Bells." The lineup was bassist Alan Silva, Don Ayler on trumpet, and drummer Milford Graves. Three more come from the very controversial New Grass set, one with wildly varying musics and lineups. There's the title track, Albert's spoken word apologia "Message from Albert," and "Free at Last," with Pretty Purdie on drums and Call Cobbs playing electric harpsichord, as well as Bill Folwell on electric bass, backing vocalists, and a slew of horns arranged faux Memphis style. There is only one track -- the title -- from the equally combative Music Is the Healing Force of the Universe issued in 1969, which featured Bobby Few on piano, a pair of bassists -- Folwell and Stafford James -- with Mary Maria Parks singing and Muhammad Ali on drums. Finally, there are two tracks from the posthumously released Last Album: Parks' "Water Music," with the same lineup sans Parks left over from Music Is the Healing Force, and a completely crazy duet between Ayler on bagpipes and electric guitarist Henry Vestine recorded during those same sessions. In sum, this package is perhaps even more controversial than the individual albums it was culled from, and not the best introduction to Ayler out there. But then, given that no period of his music could make everyone -- with very few exceptions -- happy, this is perhaps the most fitting package of all.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/06/2006
Label:
Impulse Records
UPC:
0602498551035
catalogNumber:
000656002

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Albert Ayler   Primary Artist,Bagpipes,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals,Recitation
Milford Graves   Drums
Henry Grimes   Bass
Beaver Harris   Drums
Sunny Murray   Drums
Stafford James   Bass
Seldon Powell   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Alan Silva   Bass
Henry Vestine   Electric Guitar
Donald Ayler   Trumpet
Garnett Brown   Trombone
Call Cobbs   Electric Harpsichord
Burt Collins   Trumpet
Bobby Few   Piano
Bill Folwell   Bass,Electric Bass
Joel Freedman   Cello
Buddy Lucas   Baritone Saxophone
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie   Drums
Lewis Worrell   Bass
Bert de Coteaux   Conductor
Joe Newman Quartet   Trumpet
Muhammad Ali   Drums
Rose Marie McCoy   Vocals
Michel Samson   Violin
Mary Maria Parks   Vocals
Soul Singers   Vocals

Technical Credits

Albert Ayler   Composer
Henry Vestine   Composer
Bert de Coteaux   Arranger,Composer
Chuck Stewart   Original Cover Photography
Hollis King   Art Direction
Ashley Kahn   Liner Notes
Barbara Flynn   Cover Design
Robert Flynn   Cover Design
Rose Marie McCoy   Composer

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