Albert Ayler

The Hilversum Session

A legendary recording by tenor saxophonist Ayler with his amazing working band, recorded in Holland for radio play, here digitally remastered with new artwork.


Albert Ayler: tenor saxophone
Don Cherry: cornet
Gary Peacock: bass
Sunny Murray: drums

Track Listing

1.Angels6:532.The Wizard (C.A.C.)4:593.Ghosts7:284.Infant Happiness6:065.Spirits9:106.No Name5:44

All songs by Albert Ayler except Infant Happiness (Don Cherry). All songs 2007 Syndicore Music (BMI).


Recorded on November 9, 1964, Hilversum, The Netherlands. Recording Engineer: Jan Schelling. Session originally produced by VARA-Radio by Michel de Ruyer and Aad Bos. Digital restoration by Douglas McGregor. Production Manager: George Abi-Hanna. Cover photo: Eliot Landy Design by Omar Khouri. Notes by Russ Musto.

Press Quotes

"These cats play together with the kind of intuition and foresight only a seasoned group can; they understand the nuances of the language they are speaking and know how to offer those to the listener emotionally, musically, and even culturally. Finally, as for the sound of the recording, it has never been better. The remastering job is excellent, providing excellent fidelity and balance -- not always true on the ESP-Disk' offerings in the past. Included in the package are fine liner notes by Russ Musto, and a neat poster of Ayler. If someone would take the same care with Ayler's Lörrach, Paris 1966, recordings (owned by Hat is Switzerland) and reissue those in this fashion, we have have a definitive recorded portrait of the great saxophonist. This is a welcome issue." - Thom Jurek, All Music Guide

"The reissue offers pristine sound and demonstrates that with all the recent Ayler tributes, inspired-bys and meditations on, there's nothing like the real thing." - Jeff Stockton, All About Jazz

Musicians: Albert Ayler / Don Cherry / Gary Peacock / Sunny Murray

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  • Product Code: ESP4035
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