Reviews that mention Mary Maria

November 8, 2013

Albert Ayler

Live at the Riviera
ESP-Disk 4801

By Ken Waxman

With a recording history almost as chaotic as his life, hitherto unknown sessions by free jazz avatar Albert Ayler (1936-1970) keep appearing. Ayler’s career was so brief (eight years) and so ground-breaking, that every track – standards-reinterpretation, rock music flirtation or unprecedented free-form expression – has value. Recorded four months before his suicide, Live at the Riviera is doubly important since most previous issues of the saxophonist’s welcome return to free jazz during these French Foundation Maeght concerts have been limited to quintet performances from July 27. Recorded two days earlier, the CD is Ayler accompanied only by bassist Steve Tintweiss, drummer Allen Blairman and the vocals and soprano saxophone of Mary Maria. MORE