|Healing Force / Songs Of Albert Ayler, The|
|Album:||Songs Of Albert Ayler, The||Collection:||Jazz|
|Add Date:||2007-12-09||Pull Date:||2008-02-10||Charts:||Jazz|
|Week Ending:||10 Feb||20 Jan||13 Jan||6 Jan||16 Dec|
|1.||Feb 13, 2008:||nag champa orangeasm |
|4.||Jan 11, 2008:||The Fifth Hour |
Music Is The Healing Force Of The Universe
|2.||Feb 08, 2008:||Memory Select |
|5.||Jan 04, 2008:||Memory Select |
|3.||Jan 18, 2008:||Memory Select |
|6.||Jan 04, 2008:||No Cover, No Minimum: Extended Wanderings |
Thank God For Women
Punk aggression, pop silliness, Zappa-esque guitar noodling, and hardy free jazz, adding up to a tribute to Albert Ayler's later compositions. |
All-star cast includes Henry Kaiser and Joe Morris, plus local improv folks like Weasel Walter. There's a wide mix of styles from track to track, or even within tracks, making the album an intersting exploration. Vocals from Aurora Josephson were hard to take for some -- she plays it straight, mostly, but sometimes sounds off key? (5) or sings too low in her range (2,9). Kaiser and ex-Zappaite Mike Keneally give things a rock edge at times, while Damon Smith (bass) and Vinny Golia (reeds) bring us back into the jazz realm.
Despite the variety, the session doesn't feel scattershot -- there's an undercurrent of respectful out-jazz playing that binds it all together. The 20-minute second track sticks to a reverent jazz feel that lets you know they take Ayler seriously, even though they're having fun with his music.
1- Cool sax solo. Odd spoken interlude -- by the ENTIRE BAND -- a kind of prayer for Ayler's music. It's a bit goofy.
2- Soaring, sweeping, a very '60s feel. Low vocal in reverent tones. Some good sax flights. Lots of Kenneally's zappa-like guitar in the second half.
3- Plodding "Japanese" melody that's trite and even a bit insulting. Gets into a slashing, vicious, out-of-control sax solo while the Japanese calmness continues in the background. This one'll confuse a lot of people. Second half gets into crunchy guitar chaos, then an Ayler marching-band theme done in abrasive honks.
4- Slow and near-religious chant, then squealy guitar noodling
5- Aggressive stepping beat; vocals; showoffy Zappa-ish guitar solo (Keneally) .. . Last half gets into some cool wandering over a steady hard beat
6- Squeaky, cranky sax. Suddenly, lounge piano and cutesy vocals. Charmingly goofy.
7- Chunky "Heart/Love" chant and a poetic quiet vocal. Gives way to cool bebop flute and, later, crazy jazz guitar.
8- Fast, jumbly, confusing intro -- snaps into a stoic mid/fast beat, almost a no wave feel, with vocals in an ironic lackluster tone. PAUSE after 5:20, then a squiggly version with a helium vocal that gets into really high keening that some will find annoying.
9- Kaiser guitar noodling, sultry little vocal, crazy sax solo
|1.||New New Grass / Message From Albert||5.||Oh! Love Of Life|
|2.||Music Is The Healing Force Of The Universe||6.||Thank God For Women|
|3.||Japan / Universal Indians||7.||Heart Love|
|4.||A Man Is Like A Tree||8.||Nw Generation|
|9.||New Ghosts / New Message|