Fanatic fans of this great free jazz tenor saxophonist would probably already own all the recordings featured herein, but might consider swapping over their old copies for this edition, part of a series of lavishly illustrated album sets dedicated to various innovative jazzmen. Non-Italian speaking Ayler fans may also want to bone up on that language in order to fully appreciate the extensive liner notes by Franco Fayenz, but if mastery of romance languages is less their thing than shrieking saxophones, they can still content themselves with the wonderful photographs of their hero that accompany the text, spread over eight pages of full-size deluxe printing. Yes, it's part of the confusing repackaging and sub-sub-licensing of the Ayler oeuvre, but it sure is high quality. The music is vintage Ayler, in other words a vision of jazz, gospel, and folk that nobody else playing music ever came close to, laced with transcendent energy.
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AllMusic Review by Eugene Chadbourne