Albert Ayler Quartet ‎– European Radio Studio Recordings 1964

hatOLOGY ‎– hatOLOGY 678
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1 Angels 6:56
2 C.A.C. 5:00
3 Ghosts 7:29
4 Infant Happiness
Composed By – Don Cherry
5 Spirits 9:10
6 No Name 5:42
7 Vibrations 7:41
8 Saints 7:03
9 Spirits 4:42

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1 - 6 recorded on November 9th, 1964, Hilversum, The Netherlands. Session originally produced for VARA-Radio.
7 - 9 recorded on September 10th, 1964 by Danish Radio Copenhagen, Denmark.

Tracks 7 - 9 previously released on Albert Ayler - The Copenhagen Tapes (Tracks 8 -10).

CD master by Peter Pfister on March 8th, 2016.

Special thanks to Dick Lucas.

This radio studio recordings released by permission of the estate of Albert Ayler represented by Desiree Ayler-Fellows.

Released as part of the 40th anniversary of Hat Hut Records.

1st Edition, 2016

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  • Barcode: 7 52156 06782 5


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August 23, 2016
edited about 1 year ago
Review from Stewart Smith, WIRE England, August 2016:

In autumn 1964, Albert Ayler took the trio that recorded Witches And Devils and Spiritual Unity plus Don Cherry on a short tour of Scandinavia and the Netherlands. The Hilversum and Copenhagen radio sessions gathered here have been previously released, but never with hatOLOGY's attention to detail. Full session credits are provided, alongside photographs and extensive sleevenotes. Cherry's cornet brings a new dimension to the Ayler trio, anticipating the saxophonist's later groups with Don Ayler. "Angels" begins with Cherry quietly mirroring Ayler's soulful rendering of the theme, before the group strike out into unknown territory. Gary Peacock's bass playing is beautifully tactile, his freely ascending figures and flamenco flourishes moving independently of Sunny Murray's staccato punctuations. "Ghosts" is taken at a fair clip. with Peacock the vibrating centre around which the other players orbit. The playful, dancing tone of Cherry's "Infant Happiness", the album's only non-Ayler piece, makes it a perfect fit. Capturing Ayler's genius in full flower, these recordings still astonish. – Stewart Smith


May 11, 2016
I believe these sessions were previously released on The Hilversum Session and The Copenhagen Tapes.