Albert Ayler—The Truth Is Marching In

albertAylerMorning all! Here is a great 1966 interview with saxophonist and innovator Albert Ayler from Downbeat Magazine conducted by Nat Hentoff. From the interview, Ayler talks about his lack of commercial success:

In a restaurant-bar in Greenwich Village, tenor saxophonist Albert Ayler was ruminating on the disparity between renown and income. In his case, anyway. Covers of his albums are prominent in the windows of more and more jazz record stores; references to him are increasingly frequent in jazz magazines, here and abroad; a growing number of players are trying to sound like him.

“I’m a new star, according to a magazine in England,” Ayler said, “and I don’t even have fare to England. Record royalties? I never see any. Oh, maybe I’ll get $50 this year. One of my albums, Ghosts, won an award in Europe. And the company didn’t even tell me about that. I had to find out another way.”

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—Peter Blasevick