Kit Downes and Church Organs – ‘Organ Recordings Archive (2018-2022)’ released this month – London Jazz News

The church organ was the very first instrument on which Kit Downes learned to play music. It was during his time as a chorister at Norwich Cathedral. Recently moved to Berlin, he is an exemplar of a musician who has chosen a number of musical directions which he wants to pursue. In 2013 he took … Read more

The complete ORTF 1970 Fondation Maeght Recordings’ – London Jazz News

Albert Ayler – Revelations: The complete ORTF 1970 Fondation Maeght Recordings (Elemental 5-LP or 4-CD set. 5990443. Album review by Jon Turney) Three great saxophonists helped ease jazz out of the initially liberating but ultimately confining conventions of bebop. John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman’s contributions to this new-found, or reinvented, freedom are recognised as monumental, … Read more

Albert Ayler – Revelations: The Complete ORTF 1970 Fondation Maeght Recordings (Elemental, 2022) ~ The Free Jazz Collective

By Lee Rice Epstein What can any of us add to the legacy of Albert Ayler? What can be said that hasn’t been said better by his own horn and vocals? In 2004, on the Holy Ghost box, listeners finally heard Ayler’s final performance, a short set from July 28, 1970, with his last quintet, … Read more