Albert Ayler


This combined release features two live sets of early Albert Ayler material. 1964's Prophecy, Ayler's earliest recording date for ESP, features the trio that later recorded Spiritual Unity. On this date, the group is in spectacular form. 1965's Bells, finds Ayler in quintet form, backed by his brother Donald, Charles Tyler, Lewis Worrell, and the familiar Sunny Murray. Short and sweet, Bells is a 20-minute powerful, ferocious romp containing excellent group improvisation and Ayler's signature military-themed melodies.


Albert Ayler: tenor sax
Donald Ayler: trumpet
Charles Tyler: alto sax
Lewis Worrell: bass
Sunny Murray: drums

Albert Ayler: tenor sax
Gary Peacock: bass
Sunny Murray: drums

Track Listing

1.Spirits7:532.Wizard8:243.Ghosts: First Variation11:184.Prophecy7:135.Ghosts: Second Variation7:066.Bells19:54

All compositions by Albert Ayler (2005 Syndicore Music BMI).


ESP 3030 Prophecy:
Engineer: Paul Haines. Cover photograph: thierry Trombert. Recorded Live, Cellar Cafe, New York City, June 14th, 1964.

ESP 1010 Bells:
Engineer: Richard L. Alderson. Cover concept: Jordan Matthews. Recorded live at Town Hall, New York City, May 1st, 1965.

Front & back cover layout & design by Paul Costuros. Digitally remastered by Douglas McGregor.

Press Quotes

"As a package, Bells and Prophecy make for a highly intense, utterly engaging, and even awe-inspiring listen." - Thom Jurek, All Music Guide

"...tenorman Albert Ayler has probably, next to Coltrane and Cecil Taylor, held the most sway on the direction of improvisation from a "thematic" or ˜phrase-based" approach to that of a purely sonic one." - Clifford Allen, All About Jazz

Musicians: Albert Ayler / Donald Ayler / Charles Tyler / Lewis Worrell / Sunny Murray / Gary Peacock / Sunny Murray

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