January 19, 2009 – 4:23 am

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Albert Ayler Tribute [no label, 1CD]

Live at Club W 71, Weikersheim, Germany, November 6, 2008. Very good digital cable broadcast.

Multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee might have been born in Miami but until the 1990s, he was probably better known in Europe than in the United States. According to the wikipedia, he taught himself saxophone at the age of 32 after experiencing the music of John Coltrane, Albert Ayler and Ornette Coleman.

In an interview, McPhee noted: “One of the most memorable moments of my life will have to be the funeral of John Coltrane. As sad as his passing was, the funeral was a glorious affirmation of all that he was and that he gave to us… it was a celebration of life. Musical selections were performed by Ornette’s classic trio of the Golden Circle period and Albert Ayler’s band. This experience informs my work to this day.”

Music writer Michael Anton Parker wrote that McPhee had fully initiated himself into the secrets of Albert Ayler’s gripping soul cry in the late ’60s after returning home from his stint as a musician in the Army, but “McPhee’s expressive range is so much broader than Ayler’s that his music rarely finds the time to drop hints of this deep knowledge.” And Parker goes on to say that McPhee acknowledged his gratitude to Ayler through his affectionate Albert Ayler 2000 Project.

Probably as a celebration of the election of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States and the free jazz spirit, McPhee did a tribute to Albert Ayler when he performed at the Club W 71 in Weikersheim, Germany.

As McPhee notes on his website: “Our songs are meant for singing, dancing, celebrating life.”

Thanks to hamhen for sharing these tracks on the Dime site.

These tracks are no longer available for sharing.Track 01. Medley (untitled)
Track 02. Medley (untitled)
Track 03. Untitled

Joe McPhee - saxophone
Roy Campbell - trumpet
William Parker - bass
Warren Smith - drums

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  1. 2 Responses to “JOE McPHEE - ALBERT AYLER TRIBUTE 2008”

  2. Hi Bigozine Team

    thank you very mcuh for sharing this on Joe McPhee.

    More freejazz will be always welcome!

    best regards to all,
    keep on free, Kike :)

    By Kike on Jan 19, 2009

  3. Hi Any Chance you can reupload this….

    By haifisch on Apr 5, 2016

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