Albert AylerHoly Ghost

Label:Revenant – RVN 213
10 x CD, Compilation
Genre:Jazz, Non-Music
Style:Free Jazz, Interview


1-1Herbert Katz Quintet w/ Albert AylerSonnymoon For Two
Written-BySonny Rollins
1-2Herbert Katz Quintet w/ Albert AylerSummertime6:53
1-3Herbert Katz Quintet w/ Albert AylerOn Green Dolphin Street
Written-ByBronislau Kaper*
1-4Borge Roger Henrichsen*Spoken Intro0:42
1-5Cecil Taylor Quartet* w/ Albert AylerFour
Alto SaxophoneJimmy Lyons (2)
PianoCecil Taylor
Written-ByCecil Taylor
1-6Albert Ayler TrioSpirits [Incomplete]6:38
1-7Albert Ayler TrioSaints10:32
1-8Albert Ayler TrioGhosts [Incomplete]10:56
2-1Albert Ayler TrioThe Wizard6:51
2-2Albert Ayler TrioChildren9:05
2-3Albert Ayler TrioSpirits [Theme]0:28
2-4Unknown ArtistSpoken Radio Introduction0:55
2-5Albert Ayler QuartetSpirits8:43
2-6Albert Ayler QuartetVibrations8:23
2-7Albert Ayler Quartet[Tune Q]8:59
2-8Albert Ayler QuartetMothers7:53
2-9Albert Ayler QuartetChildren8:38
2-10Albert Ayler QuartetSpirits [Theme]1:25
2-11Burton Greene Quintet w/ Albert Ayler[Untitled] (Collective)
DrumsRashied Ali
Tenor SaxophoneFrank Smith (9)
First Set
3-1Peter Bergman (2)Spoken Introduction By Peter Bergman1:03
3-2Albert Ayler QuintetSpirits Rejoice4:39
3-3Albert Ayler QuintetD.C.
Written-ByDon Cherry
3-4Albert Ayler Quintet[Untitled Minor Waltz]7:04
3-5Albert Ayler QuintetOur Prayer
Written-ByDon Ayler*
Second Set
3-6Peter Bergman (2)Spoken Introduction By Peter Bergman1:13
3-7Albert Ayler Quintet[F# Tune]15:20
3-8Albert Ayler QuintetGhosts6:32
First Set
3-9Albert Ayler QuintetSpirits Rejoice6:31
3-10Albert Ayler QuintetProphet / Ghosts / Spiritual Bells14:33
3-11Albert Ayler QuintetOur Prayer / Spirits Rejoice
Written-By [Our Prayer]Don Ayler*
Second Set
4-1Albert Ayler Quintet[Untitled] / Truth Is Marching In15:43
4-2Albert Ayler QuintetSpirits9:16
4-3Albert Ayler QuintetZion Hill12:40
4-4Albert Ayler QuintetSpirits7:00
4-5Albert Ayler QuintetSpiritual Bells3:48
4-6Albert Ayler Quintet[F# Tune]9:18
5-1Ralf Schulte-BahrenbergConcert Announcement By Ralf Schulte-Bahrenberg1:10
5-2Albert Ayler QuintetGhosts / Bells11:15
5-3Albert Ayler QuintetTruth Is Marching In7:07
5-4Albert Ayler QuintetOmega3:48
5-5Albert Ayler QuintetOur Prayer
Written-ByDon Ayler*
5-6Peter de Wit (3)Spoken Introduction By Peter de Wit1:25
5-7Albert Ayler QuintetTruth Is Marching In11:14
5-8Albert Ayler QuintetBells5:35
5-9Albert Ayler QuintetSpirits Rejoice10:51
5-10Albert Ayler Quintet"Free Spiritual Music", Part IV6:44
6-1Albert Ayler QuintetTruth Is Marching In / Omega9:00
6-2Albert Ayler QuintetJapan / Universal Indians
Written-By [Japan]Traditional
6-3Albert Ayler QuintetOur Prayer
Soprano Saxophone, Alto SaxophoneAyler*
Written-ByDon Ayler*
6-4Albert Ayler QuartetLove Cry / Truth Is Marching In/Our Prayer
Written-By [Our Prayer]Don Ayler*
6-5Pharoah Sanders Ensemble w/ Albert AylerVenus / Upper And Lower Egypt
Alto Saxophone, Tenor SaxophoneUnknown*
DrumsRoger Blank
PianoDave Burrell
Tenor SaxophoneSanders*
TrumpetChris Capers
Written-ByPharoah Sanders
6-6Albert Ayler[Blues]6:04
6-7Albert Ayler[Sermon]
Soloist [Solo Recitation]Ayler*
6-8Albert AylerThank God For Women
Written-ByAlbert Ayler, Mary Parks
6-9Albert AylerNew Ghosts [Demo Fragments]
Written-ByAlbert Ayler, Mary Parks
7-1Don Ayler Sextet w/ Albert AylerProphet John
Alto SaxophoneAlbert Ayler
BassIbrahim Wahen
DrumsMuhammed Ali*
Tenor SaxophoneSam Rivers
Written-ByDon Ayler*
7-2Don Ayler Sextet w/ Albert AylerJudge Ye Not
Alto SaxophoneAlbert Ayler
BassIbrahim Wahen
DrumsMuhammed Ali*
Tenor SaxophoneSam Rivers
Written-ByDon Ayler*
7-3Albert Ayler QuartetMothers / Children8:42
7-4Albert Ayler Quartet[Untitled, Incomplete]14:14
7-5Albert Ayler Quartet[C Minor]5:21
7-6Albert Ayler Quartet[F Minor / C Minor]10:36
8-1Albert AylerTravel And Plans1:49
8-2Albert AylerHolbaek0:39
8-3Albert AylerThe New Blues1:33
8-4Albert AylerChristmastime Stateside1:10
8-5Albert AylerA Great Change1:35
8-6Albert AylerTraveling And Coltrane1:00
8-7Albert AylerDrummers And Sunny Murray1:42
8-8Albert AylerA Job To Do1:00
8-9Albert AylerBirth, Family, First Music3:04
8-10Albert AylerAcademy, The Road, School0:57
8-11Albert AylerYoung Professional And Army5:40
8-12Albert AylerSweden4:39
8-13Albert AylerNew York0:49
8-14Albert Ayler19641:25
8-15Albert AylerFrustration, Sources3:39
8-16Albert Ayler1966 Tour And Coltrane3:16
8-17Albert AylerImpulse And Mary Maria3:27
8-18Albert AylerThe Artist's Life1:31
8-19Albert AylerQuestion: LeRoi Jones0:46
8-20Albert AylerQuestion: "For John Coltrane"1:10
8-21Albert AylerQuestion: Socio-Policial Connections3:19
8-22Albert AylerQuestion: Instrumentation, Engineering4:16
8-23Albert AylerChoosing The Players0:50
9-1Albert AylerCurrent Activity1:59
9-2Albert AylerAntibes1:06
9-3Albert AylerJapan/Coltrane's Funeral1:02
9-4Albert AylerClubs3:39
9-5Albert AylerAhead Of My Time1:42
9-6Albert AylerHome Lives; Brooklyn And Cleveland1:27
9-7Albert AylerImpulse, pt. 1: Hippies1:21
9-8Albert Ayler"Space Music"1:07
9-9Albert AylerDon0:46
9-10Albert Ayler"Thank God For Women"0:46
9-11Albert AylerBlues & Rhythm1:17
9-12Albert AylerCopying My Records2:00
9-13Albert AylerImpulse, pt. 2: New Grass2:18
9-14Albert AylerTone And "Vibration"1:07
9-15Albert AylerRollins, Coleman, And Coltrane4:08
9-16Albert AylerMaeght Group0:57
9-17Albert AylerSerenity Of Life0:36
9-18Albert AylerChildhood Memories, pt. 12:00
9-19Albert Ayler[Blairman Enters]0:34
9-20Albert AylerEarly Professional Career1:03
9-21Albert AylerChildhood Memories, pt. 21:09
9-22Albert AylerDon's Music3:47
9-23Albert Ayler"I Love America" And Youth1:05
9-24Albert AylerMary And Golf0:38
9-25Albert AylerEarly Relationships And Mary Maria1:03
9-26Albert AylerJapan Work And Warm Weather4:01
9-27Albert AylerPlay Solo0:24
9-28Albert AylerNaming Tunes1:22
9-29Albert AylerCharles Ives0:25
9-30Albert AylerInfluences1:44
9-31Albert AylerPracticing1:09
9-32Albert AylerThe Healing Force0:52
9-33Albert AylerDiet And America2:08
9-34Albert AylerDefining "Improvisation"0:45
9-35Albert AylerSonny Rollins, Reactions, And Miles Davis2:43
9-36Albert AylerNewport '672:30
9-37Albert AylerNew York: Keeping To Oneself [Mary Maria Joins]0:39
9-38Don* & Mocqui Cherry*Untitled
IntervieweeDon*, Mocqui Cherry*
10-1US Army Band*Tenderly
Tenor Saxophone [Solo@2:30;3:04]Ayler*
Written-ByLawrence*, Gross*
10-2US Army Band*Leap Frog
Tenor Saxophone [All 4 Exposed Improvs.]Ayler*

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Rare and unreleased recordings from 1962-1970 in a 9CD 'Spirit Box', plus a bonus disc of Albert Ayler with a U.S. Army Band.

The boxset includes:
- a 208 page full-color hardbound book which includes new essays by Amiri Baraka, Val Wilmer & other Ayler scholars
- a picture of Ayler with saxophone from his youth
- a photostat of a handwritten note from a Copenhagen hotel
- a reprinted copy of a Slugs flyer which includes a listing for a week of Ayler's quintet
- a reprinted 1965 pamphlet by the late poet Paul Haines entitled Ayler-Peacock-Murray-You and the Night and the Music
- a reprinted newsletter from 1969 by Jihad Productions with excerpts about Ayler
- a dried flower

1-1 to 1-3: Recorded June 30, 1962 in Helsinki, Finland
1-4 to 1-5: Recorded poss. November 16, 1962 in Copenhagen, Denmark
1-6 to 2-3: Recorded June 14, 1964 at the Cellar Café, New York City
2-4 to 2-10: Recorded September 3, 1964 at Café Montmartre: Copenhagen, Denmark
2-11: Recorded February 1966 at Slug's: New York City
3-1 to 3-8: Recorded April 16, 1966 at La Cave: Cleveland
3-9 to 4-6: Recorded April 17, 1966 at La Cave: Cleveland
5-1 to 5-5: Recorded November 3, 1966 at Berlin Philharmonic: Berlin, Germany
5-6 to 5-10: Recorded November 8, 1966 at De Doelen: Rotterdam, The Netherlands
6-1 to 6-3: Recorded June 30/July 1, 1967 at Freebody Park: Newport, Rhode Island
6-4: Recorded at the funeral of John Coltrane, July 21, 1967 at St. Peter's Lutheran Church: New York City
6-5: Recorded January 21, 1968 at the Renaissance Ballroom: New York City
6-6 to 6-9: Recorded ca. late August 1968 in New York City area
7-1 to 7-2: Recorded January 11, 1969 at Town Hall: New York City
7-3 to 7-6: Recorded prob. July 28, 1970 at La Colle sur Loup: Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France
8-1 to 8-4: Ayler interview for "Afterbeat" program. Recorded early December 1964 in Copenhagen, Denmark
8-5 to 8-8: Ayler interview for "Afterbeat" program. Recorded on or around November 11, 1966 in Copenhagen, Denmark
8-9 to 8-23: Ayler interview for "France Culture". Recorded July 27, 1970 in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France
9-1 to 9-37: Ayler interview for "Swing Journal". Recorded July 25, 1970 in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France
9-38: Don and Mocqui Cherry interview. Recorded in Paris, 1971
10-1 to 10-2: U.S. Army 76th AG Band Rehearsal. Recorded Sept. 14, 1960

Recordings made available under license from the Albert Ayler estate and various rights holders.
Disc 1/Tracks 1-3 made available under license through special arrangement with Finnish Broadcasting Company-Yleisradio, through the good works of Matti Konttinen.

NOTE: The boxed set was released with mastering/pressing flaw on disc 6. Because of this for a limited time Revenant provided a replacement disc to those who purchased the boxed set and requested the replacement disc by mail or email. This replacement disc was mailed in a cardboard mailer with a blank card stock cover. The mastering issue appears to be a volume and minor clarity issue on some tracks, the remastering adds one second to both tracks 6-6 and 6-9.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 630814021320
  • Other (Cat# CD 10): RVN213GCD10
  • Matrix / Runout (CD 1): [20040514 106199 SO-35727 SOLO MEDIA AUSTIN-TX REVENANT/ AYLER -1 11263] x 2
  • Matrix / Runout (CD 2): [20040520 106211 SO-35979 SOLO MEDIA AUSTIN-TX REVENANT/ AYLER -2 12345] x 2
  • Matrix / Runout (CD 3): [20040514 106200 SO-35728 SOLO MEDIA AUSTIN-TX REVENANT/ AYLER -3 11262] x 2
  • Matrix / Runout (CD 4): [20040514 106201 SO-35729 SOLO MEDIA AUSTIN-TX REVENANT/ AYLER -4 11245] x 2
  • Matrix / Runout (CD 5): [20040514 106202 SO-35730 SOLO MEDIA AUSTIN-TX REVENANT/ AYLER -5 11261] x 2
  • Matrix / Runout (CD 6): [20040518 106206 SO-35759 SOLO MEDIA AUSTIN-TX REVENANT/ AYLER -6 11602] x 2
  • Matrix / Runout (CD 7): [20040518 106207 SO-35760 SOLO MEDIA AUSTIN-TX REVENANT/ AYLER -7 11304] x 2
  • Matrix / Runout (CD 8): [20040520 106212 SO-35800 SOLO MEDIA AUSTIN-TX REVENANT/ AYLER -8 12146] x 2
  • Matrix / Runout (CD 9): [20040518 106208 SO-35761 SOLO MEDIA AUSTIN-TX REVENANT/ AYLER -9 11301] x 2
  • Matrix / Runout (CD 10): [Y20040514 106203 SO-35731 SOLO MEDIA AUSTIN-TX REVENANT/ AYLER -10 11287] x 2
  • Mastering SID Code: none
  • Mould SID Code: none



  • heroinsaves69's avatar
    Christ this things like a reliquary... You open it up expecting to find a finger bone from Ayler in here... My parent's ashes didn't come in a box this nice. Of course neither one of my parents could play saxophone worth a sh*t...
    • romualdo1's avatar
      I bought the box in 2004 (soon after it was released) - I've just listened to disc 6 (a couple of times), the original one that came with the box (on both a dedicated CD player plus a desktop computer with a Mac external disc drive). No discernable "clicking" heard at all. Not sure what the "pressing flaw" that Revenant referred to was - the disc sounds fine - the Sanders track does sound a bit more muffled than than the rest of the material on the disc - that's all I can detect.
      • C-aug7's avatar
        Edited 8 years ago
        Disc 6 is full of data errors. First I thought it's my copy... in particular the Sanders tune suffers from permanent clicking which is caused by an inaccurate copying process of a source CDR. I got to hear a second copy and it has the same problems. This is a typical phenomenon from the days when fans exchanged unofficial live music on CDRs by snail mail.
        I'll go through the whole box soon by head-phones; I'll update this comment in case I find more really problematic tracks.

        Too bad - this includes amazing documents, but those technical deffects massively spoil the fun in certain spots. Let's keep in mind that certain tracks were glitch-free at an ealier point in their line-age. Grrrr.

        I just read in the note above about those "mastering/pressing flaws" on disc 6. If this indeed refers to "a volume and minor clarity issue" then it's not the glitches I'm talking about.

        It would be interesting to have somebody with the mentioned replacement disc report if the Sanders tune has digi-clicks or not.
        • mumjum23's avatar
          Edited 9 years ago
          Edited (deleted) 22 March 2015.
          • grunon's avatar
            Best free jazz compilation ever. A must


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