Personalities | Albert Ayler | Sixties | Jazz & Blues

(Various saxophones, 1936–70)

Albert Ayler was one of the most controversial free-jazz performers. Eccentric and tirelessly inventive, he shifted ensemble roles in his music so that drummers and bassists were on equal ground with the horns. Ayler influenced John Coltrane and many younger saxophonists, and his recordings gradually moved from free jazz towards rock and soul themes. Spiritual Unity (1964) remains one of his most acclaimed albums. Ayler died in mysterious circumstances at the age of 34.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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