Sunday, October 31, 2004

Quote & Music of the day - 10/31/04

"Never appeal to a man's 'better nature.' He may not have one. Invoking his self-interest gives you more leverage." -- Robert Heinlein

Albert Ayler - Love Cry
Free jazz certainly isn't for everyone. The music of Albert Ayler falls into this category, although some of his music is more accessible than not. I have a few of his albums, and I'd say that this album could possibly be appreciated by a larger audience than many of his other releases.

Ayler's style was truly his own. He was a extremely soulful and free spirited person who let it all out in his performances, each serving as a window into his tumultous soul, letting light shine in on his exuberant love of life or the heavy suffering that often results from such devoted compassion and sensitivity. Love Cry lets us experience a little bit of it all.

Among my favorite compositions on this album would be "Ghosts" and "Bells", songs that are reminiscient of old New Orleans style marching band music, but with the trademark free jazz complexity and adventurousness that Ayler and his band bring to the table. In other words, simple and inspiring tunes that reveal hidden layers of depth that one is often trained to overlook in a world where style trumps substance.

Ayler is wonderful throughout, and critics are true to point to the drumming of Milford Graves as being noteworthy as well. However, I really enjoy Carl Cobbs's contribution on the harpsichord as well; his playing adding zest and occasional haunting sounds to the mix. Great musicians pouring their heart and soul into some great music that has moved many who have had the opportunity to experience it over the years.


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