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MILFORD GRAVES AND DAVID MURRAY
The Holy Ghost and the Infinite Spirit of Albert Ayler
Italy 2010 [no label, 1CD]
Live at the 25th Sant’Anna Arresi Jazz Festival, Piazza del Nuraghe, Sardinia, Italy; August 23-30, 2010. Very good FM broadcast.
Rebel spirit, Spiritual spirit or Ghost spirit? Albert Ayler had so much spirit that the tributes to his life’s work kept pouring in since his death in 1970 at the age of 34.
Now in its 25th year, the Sant’Anna Arresi Jazz festival in Sardinia, one of Italy’s most important jazz festivals, celebrated for eight nights (Aug 23-30) with acts such as Zu, Charles Gayle, Archie Shepp, Peter Brötzmann, David Murray, and many others.
This year’s centerpiece was a tribute to Albert Ayler, free-jazz-agent provocateur and author of such masterpieces as Spiritual Unity, Vibrations and Truth Is Marching In, whom John Coltrane identified as one of his heirs.
This recording takes place on August 28, when saxophonist David Murray (co-founder of the World Saxophone Quartet in 1976) and percussionist Milford Graves (who played with Ayler in 1967-68) performed their set with special guests, bassist Alan Silva (who recorded with Ayler in 1967-68) and trombonist Joe Bowie.
Murray has paid tribute to Ayler many times over in his recording career. Here he returns with Flowers For Albert, the title of his second album and written for Ayler in 1976. To understand the deep feeling that musicians have for Ayler is felt in Murray’s lyric: “The love and peace and joy divine/will rid the hate from people’s minds.”
It’s no wonder then that Murray and Graves kick off their set with Love Cry II and Graves ad libs a vocal incantation, inspired by Ayler’s rare vocal on Love Cry’s first version. Graves’ long immersion in world music is heard to devastating effect live. He brings out Ayler’s conviction in African-American roots as well as emphasising the former’s interest in polyphony with his polyrhythmic drumming. You can hear it in the joyful Ghosts and Graves’ spirited drum solo after that.
Perhaps what continually draws us back to Ayler is that his music embodied the sound of revolt in the ’60s. No more than now do we wish that the truth would come marching in. - Philip Cheah
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Track 00. Radio introduction by Pino Saulo 9.22 (15.3MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 01. Love Cry II 4.58 (7.9MB)
Track 02. unknown 6.45 (10.8MB)
Track 03. Ghosts 9.29 (15.2MB)
Track 04. Graves’ solo 4.14 (6.7MB)
Track 05. introductions by Graves and Murray 2.17 (3.6MB)
Track 06. unknown 12.06 (19.8MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 07. Flowers For Albert 10.52 (17.8MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 08. unknown (with Joe Bowie) 12.35 (20.6MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 09. introduction for Alan Silva 1.09 (1.8MB)
Track 10. unknown (with Bowie and Alan Silva) 10.13 (16.7MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 11. Amazing Grace 6.22 (10.2MB)
Track 12. radio outro by Oreste Bossini 1.28 (2.3MB)
Running time: 80′ 59″ (without radio intro and outro)
With radio intro and outro, it would be 91′ 49″
Milford Graves - drums, vocals
David Murray - saxes, bass clarinet, vocals
Joe Bowie - trombone on Tracks 08 and 10
Alan Silva - double bass on Track 10
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