Albert Ayler

New York Eye & Ear Control


Arguably the best band Albert Ayler ever had, for a very interesting 1964 collaborative freely improvised soundtrack project for Michael Snow's film Walking Woman.
Michael Snow, the Toronto-based filmmaker and pianist and catalyst for free improvisational performers everywhere; painter, sculptor and record producer, and the pride of Canada, used the image of pianist-composer Carla Bley as the inspiration for this art film, and for his soundtrack, he assembled a group of ESP artists in his loft and recorded them on July 17, 1964.


Albert Ayler: tenor sax
Don Cherry: trumpet, cornet
John Tchicai: alto saxophone
Roswell Rudd: trombone
Gary Peacock: bass
Sunny Murray: drums

Track Listing

1.Don's Dawn1:052.A Y21:243.ITT23:22

All compositions by Albert Ayler (Syndicore Music BMI)


Recorded in NYC, on July 17, 1964 by Michael Snow for use as the soundtrack to his film "Walking Woman" (aka New York Eye and Ear Control). Original cover design by Michael Snow. Production Manager: Tom Abbs. Analog to digital transfer by Michael D. Anderson. Digital remastering by Douglas McGregor. Design & Layout by Miles Bachman & Michael Sanzone.

Press Quotes

"Something of a missing link between Ornette Coleman’s “Free Jazz” and John Coltrane’s “Ascension,” this recording is superior to those performances in its freer, truly group-oriented format, with no specified soloists and accompanists. Joined by the trumpeter and cornetist Don Cherry, the saxophonist John Tchicai, and the trombonist Roswell Rudd, as well as by Peacock and Murray, Ayler guides the group through the powerful authority of his playing; the riotous revelry joins the joy of New Orleans traditions to the urbane furies of the day." - Richard Brody, The New Yorker

"Ayler's wide-vibrato wail, gutbucket honks and folksy abstractions are all here, but they're constantly goading and commented on by Tchicai's slinky repetition, Rudd's braying tailgate and Cherry's darting bebop shards." - Clifford Allen, All About Jazz

Musicians: Albert Ayler / Don Cherry / John Tchicai / Roswell Rudd / Gary Peacock / Sunny Murray

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Digital download Choice of WAVs or MP3s Includes cover
Compact Disk In digipak with liner notes
Long Playing 180-gram vinyl Digital download included
Cassette Tape Limited edition co-release with Personal Affair cassette label. Original art J-card, new art sleeve.
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