Albert Ayler’s Revelations – The Complete ORTF 1970 Recordings Reviewed

Source: Aquarium Drunkard.

When an artist dies young, we’re often left wondering what could have been and looking for clues among their final records and performances. In the case of Albert Ayler, the search is especially frustrating: his death by suicide in November 1970 cut short an intense and singular career, right as he started moving in a new direction. Revelations: The Complete ORTF 1970 Recordings, a new four-CD/Five-LP set available through Elemental Music provides a tantalizing glance at some of the saxophonist’s final performances: two full shows finally presented in complete form.