Mars Williams presents: An Ayler Xmas Vol. 3
"Live In Krakow"
(The Music of Albert Ayler & Songs of Chrismas)
Saxophonist Mars Williams is most famous as a member of The Psychedelic Furs, but has proven his jazz bona fides with Peter Brötzmann and Ken Vandermark, and while guiding Liquid Soul and Hal Russell's NRG Ensemble, to name just a few. (His rock CV is also varied, including Akron New Wave band The Waitresses and work with Billy Idol, Ministry, Massacre, and many more.) He also leads the Albert Ayler tribute band Witches & Devils, and out of their holiday concerts grew a unique tradition. One look at this album's track titles and you'll understand the concept here. One listen and you'll hear that, as odd as that concept may seem, it's brilliantly effective, with the disparate melodies working together in their common projection of joy and celebration.
For the last few years, along with the annual Chicago performances, Williams brought “An Ayler Xmas”, to select cities in the US & Europe, featuring local improvisers from each host city. This CD showcases the group that performed in 3 cities, starting in Berlin and ending with this live concert recording at Alchemia in Krakow.
released November 15, 2019
Mars Williams - Sax, Toy Instruments
Jaimie Branch -Trumpet
Klaus Kugel - drums, Percussion
Mark Tokar -Bass
Knox Chandler - Guitar & electronics
Arranged By: Mars Williams (Music From Mars /BMI)
Recorded & Mixed By: Rafał Drewniany
Mastered By: Dave Zuchowski
Design By: Rich Good
supported by 13 fans who also own “MARS WILLIAMS PRESENTS: AN AYLER XMAS VOL. 3 "Live In Krakow"”
We attended this concert at the Molde Jazz Festival and it was blasting with energy. James laughed a couple of times as The Thing was practically blowing him off stage. This is not the whole concert. James was singing as well. Hope those tracks will be available later. Peace. sidhipangea