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April 15, 2006


Devin Hurd

It's good to learn that your ears are coming around to the music of Ayler. Or even that I may have had a small part in it.

With Ayler, there's this layer of ritual to his music that's every bit as challenging as the "intellectual rigor" of Babbitt. (The piano works of Babbitt have suddenly taken on a strong appeal for me - you might want to check those out). I've been diving into the Holy Ghost box set quite a bit this past week and discovering new layers I hadn't noticed before. "Children" from Albert Ayler's Quartet in 1964 struck me as particularly transcendent this time around.

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