Albert Ayler

Slugs' Saloon

A live recording of Ayler’s May 1st, 1966 performance at Slugs Saloon, this two-disc set features fresh takes on old favorites, such as “Ghosts” and “Bells”, and finds the seasoned quintet in stellar form, marching its way through Ayler’s distinctive brand of major triad melodic harmony to the greatest heights of individual expression and group improvisation.

Please note that other labels' reissues of this date, by Fruit Tree and Lone Hill, are neither authorized by the Ayler Estate, nor – in the case of the latter – musically complete.


Albert Ayler: tenor saxophone
Donald Ayler: trumpet
Michel Samson: violin
Lewis Worrell: string bass
Ron Jackson: percussion

Track Listing

1.Truth is marching in10:102.Our Prayer12:193.Bells18:00Disc Two1.Ghosts23:082.Initiation16:32

All works Syndicore Music BMI.


Digital restoration: Douglas McGregor. Back cover layout and design by Paul Costuros. Recorded on May 1, 1966.

Press Quotes

"While Ayler fans no doubt possess this music in some form, the uninitiated would be indeed gratified as well as educated by investigating them. Energetically and dynamically, there is simply nothing like them." - Thom Jurek, All Music Guide

"Concert-culled Ayler is such finite merchandise that nearly all examples are valuable. This set is especially so as the sole opportunity so far to hear a legendary band operating at a communal peak." - Derek Taylor, Dusted Reviews



ESP 3031

Musicians: Albert Ayler / Donald Ayler / Michel Samson / Lewis Worrell / Ron Jackson

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Compact Disk In Jewel Case with liner notes Includes all the music on the two original LPs
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