Albert Ayler – Ghosts (1964)

Though many terms are often misused, there is perhaps no title that is given more freely, and more incorrectly than when an artist is referred to as “avant.” In most cases, such a title is given to any performer whose sound goes against the grain in even the slightest bit, though it should be reserved for the few that truly personify the idea. While there … Continue reading Albert Ayler – Ghosts (1964)

Hank Mobley Quintet – The Best Things In Life Are Free (1961)

Recorded: Rudy Van Gelder Studio Englewood Cliffs, NJ, March 26, 1961 Personnel: Hank Mobley – Tenor Sax Wynton Kelly – Piano Grant Green – Guitar Paul Chambers – Bass Philly Joe Jones – Drums. [via Stephen Burrell] Continue reading Hank Mobley Quintet – The Best Things In Life Are Free (1961)

Steve Lacy – Reflections (1959)

Reflections (subtitled Steve Lacy Plays Thelonious Monk) is the second album by Steve Lacy which was released on the Prestige label in 1959. It features performances of Thelonious Monk’s compositions by Lacy, Mal Waldron, Buell Neidlinger and Elvin Jones. (According to biographer Robin Kelley, this was the first album devoted entirely to Monk’s music done by another artist.) Continue reading Steve Lacy – Reflections (1959)