Albert Ayler

At Slug's Saloon, Vol. 2

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The second of two CDs from the Albert Ayler Quintet's engagement at Slug's on May 1, 1966 has long versions of "Ghosts" (over 23 minutes) and "Initiation" performed by the tenor/leader/ trumpeter Donald Ayler, violinist Michel Sampson, bassist Lewis Worrell, and drummer Ronald Shannon Jackson. The music is both futuristic (with extroverted emotions expressed in free improvisations) and ancient (New Orleans marching band rhythms, group riffing, and folkish melodies). Although Vol. 1 gets the edge, most avant-garde collectors will want both releases.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 23:10
2 16:34
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