Free Jazz Giant Albert Ayler Gets Definitive Biography with Holy Ghost

No one in the world of jazz begat more violent debate and unsubstantiated myths than Albert Ayler.  Now the works and life of this fearless musician are being re-told and reassessed in Holy Ghost: The Life & Death of Free Jazz Pioneer Albert Ayler (Jawbone Press), a compact yet comprehensive and impeccably researched biography from Richard Koloda.

A lawyer by trade and jazz musicologist by passion, Koloda spent over two decades researching Holy Ghost. It follows Ayler from his native Cleveland to France, where he received his greatest acclaim, to his mysterious death by drowning in the East River in November 1970.

Ayler synthesized children’s songs, the French national anthem “La Marseillaise,” American

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