Albert Ayler - New Grass - New LP
Format: New LP Label: Third Man Cat. No. TMR638 Barcode: 813547028259 Released: 03/07/20
180 Gram Vinyl. First Pressing in almost 40 Years.
This album finds Ayler experimenting with soul music and digging back into his R&B roots (he started his career playing saxophone with Chicago bluesman Little Walter), fusing it with the avant-garde free jazz (the one element of the record which garnered consistent praise) and adding the vocals of Rose Marie McCoy, The Soul Singers and Ayler himself.
As if predicting the divisiveness of the record to follow, Ayler speaks directly to the listener and explains that New Grass is nothing like his albums before — that it is of “a different dimension of his life” — in the album opener Message from Albert.