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Ayler, Albert / Slugs' Saloon, May 1, 1966
Album:Slugs' Saloon, May 1, 1966 Collection:Jazz
Artist:Ayler, Albert Added:02/2006
Label:Esp 

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Add Date:2006-04-16 Pull Date:2006-06-18 Charts:Jazz
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Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2006-04-14 
Reissue; a live session from 1966, with middling sound fidelity. Quintet that includes a violin (often drowned out), trumpet, and of course Ayler on sax. Ayler was a free jazz pioneer whose songs start with brash marching-band themes before getting into crazy energy-based solos. The rough, raw sound here adds to the freedom/ecstasy of the session; solos bustle with urgency. Nice.

Track titles are a bit suspicious. The names are recognizable Ayler favorites, but "Bells" and "Ghosts" here sound like reprises of "Truth Is Marching In." Whatever; think of it more like a general jam session. Mid/fast throughout.

DISK ONE
1- Marching intro into swirly craziness with distinct solos. Applause is CUT OFF at the end -- beware
2- Gets into a few vicious free blowouts.
3- Feels more organized than 1 or 2; gets into a free frenzy about 10 minutes in, then some quieter stretches. Amusing to hear one guy yelling "Yeah!" from the crowd.

DISK TWO
4- Quick fade-in, into an immediate tumult before getting into new themes. Includes a vicious trumpet solo and a number of frenzied bursts.
5- Opens quietly, with a violin solo. After 4 minutes, just explodes. Last 9 minutes or so are calm, even elegant.

Track Listing
1.Truth Is Marching In 3.Bells
2.Our Prayer 4.Ghosts
 5.Initiation