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Holy Ghost: The Life and Death of Free Jazz Pioneer Albert Ayler

Holy Ghost: The Life and Death of Free Jazz Pioneer Albert Ayler

Paperback

General MusicJazzWorld Music

Publisher Price: $24.95

ISBN10: 1911036939
ISBN13: 9781911036937
Publisher: Jawbone Pr
Published: Nov 15 2022
Pages: 304
Weight: 1.23
Height: 1.00 Width: 5.80 Depth: 8.40
Language: English
Holy Ghost is the first extended study of free jazz saxophonist Albert Ayler, who is seen today as one of the most important innovators in the history of jazz.

Ayler synthesized children's songs, La Marseillaise, American march music, and gospel hymns, turning them into powerful, rambunctious, squalling free-jazz improvisations. Some critics considered him a charlatan, others a heretic for unhinging the traditions of jazz. Some simply considered him insane. However, like most geniuses, Ayler was misunderstood in his time. His divine messages of peace and love, apocalyptic visions of flying saucers, and the strange account of the days leading up to his being found floating in New York's East River are central to his mystique, but, as Koloda points out, they are a distraction, overshadowing his profound impact on the direction of jazz as one of the most visible avant-garde players of the 1960s and a major influence on others, including John Coltrane.

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