Albert Ayler: On Green Dolphin Street


On Green Dolphin Street


Herbert Katz Quintet w / Albert Ayler


Holy Ghost (Revenant 213)

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Albert Ayler (tenor sax),

Herbert Katz (guitar), Teuvo Suojärvi (piano), Heikki Annala (bass), Martti Äijänen (drums)


Composed by Bronislau Kaper


Recorded: Helsinki, FInland, June 19, 1962


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

A refutation to the common misconception that Albert Ayler had no foundation in the fundamentals of modern jazz performance, "On Green Dolphin Street" has the tenor saxophonist playing a standard tune with a bland, generic bebop rhythm section. That he does so in an idiosyncratic yet not totally off-the-wall manner shows that his eventual rejection of traditional mores was done with ample knowledge about what he was rejecting. Ayler's approach to playing this tune is something like Eric Dolphy's. He runs roughshod over the changes at times. Other times, he treats them with careful—and even gentle—consideration. He plays impossibly fast, with a huge, occasionally guttural tone. Concurrent with this, Ayler was experimenting with the hymnic, free-associative style that he later made famous; this shows us another, perhaps equally compelling direction his mature music might've taken.

Reviewer: Chris Kelsey

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