Third Man Records
180 Gram Vinyl Record
First time on vinyl in nearly 40 years!
Alber Ayler's 1969 free soul-jazz-funk masterpiece
Limited edition 180-gram vinyl LP
Third Man Records presents a reissue of Albert Ayler's groundbreaking 1969 album New Grass, to be released on 180-gram vinyl on June 26, 2020. This will mark the first pressing of the album in nearly 40 years.
New Grass has been misunderstood from the day of its release. The album finds Ayler experimenting with soul music and digging back into his R&B roots (he started his career playing saxophone with Chicago bluesman Little Walter), fusing it with the avant-garde free jazz (the one element of the record which garnered consistent praise) and adding the vocals of Rose Marie McCoy, The Soul Singers and Ayler himself. As if predicting the divisiveness of the record to follow, Ayler speaks directly to the listener and explains that New Grass is nothing like his albums before — that it is of "a different dimension of his life" — in the album opener "Message from Albert."
New Grass deserves reconsideration, if not for the heavy grooves and surprising arrangements, then for its bravery in challenging norms of the time; by the '60s, jazz was well-accepted as a uniquely American art form, while soul as a genre was very much still seen as primitive. Ayler melds them together and creates something novel, adventurous, and completely his own.
|1. Message From Albert / New Grass|
|2. New Generation|
|3. Sun Watcher|
|1. New Ghosts|
|2. Heart Love|
|3. Everybody's Movin|
|4. Free At Last|