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Brooklyn Blowhards

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Jeff Lederer's Brooklyn Blowhards play Albert Ayler and Songs of the Sea - on Vinyl!
Genre: Jazz: Avant-Garde Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Bells
3:11 album only
2. Haul Away Joe
3:41 album only
3. Black Ball Line
3:41 album only
4. Shallow Brown
3:52 album only
5. Santy Anno
3:29 album only
6. Island Harvest
4:42 album only
7. Heavenly Home
4:39 album only
8. Haul on the Bowline
4:12 album only
9. Dancing Waters
5:06 album only
10. Omega
1:15 album only
11. Shenenhoah
4:17 album only
12. Insular Tahiti
1:42 album only


Album Notes
Sea Shanties-Pulling the beat.
The sea can be a terrifying place. I
love sea shanties because they embody the
spirit of men holding on in the face of a
vast and unknowable ocean which combines
beauty and fear in equal measure. I love
the tension of individual and group that is so present in
the very form of these songs through the Call and response
structure. I love the way this music is connected to the
acts of physical labor on a ship - it’s feeling of
resistance-the pushing and pulling of the beat; actually,
more pulling of the beat than pushing – you don’t push with
a rope.
Albert Ayler
Years ago in conversation with the drummer Matt Wilson, he
shared his impressions of first hearing the great Albert
Ayler recording “Love Cry”- he told me how it sounded very
folk-like to him, almost like sea shanties. Years later,
Kirk Knuffke played me a recording of the traditional vocal
group The Foc’sile Singers which contained much of the
repertoire you hear in this recording. The idea of
connecting Sea Shanties with the music of Albert Ayler
seemed to me to be not only completely natural, but
inevitable to me. It is sadly relevant here that Albert
Ayler met his own tragic death in the sea as well.
The Art
The art associated with this project comes from Matt Kish,
whose book “Moby Dick-A Picture for Every Page” I
discovered in a whaling museum in Nantucket. The art
seemed to me to embody everything that I was feeling about
the sea; the creatures that live in it, and the men whose
lives centered on killing them. This art is as elemental
and as spiritual as the words that inspired it and the
images reflected everything I heard in this music as well –
violence, a Quaker spirituality, and a striving for order
in the midst of turmoil. These are all qualities that I
hear in the music of Albert Ayler as well.

Jeff Lederer’s
Play Albert Ayler and Songs of the Sea.
Touring the East Coast seaboard july 16-24, 2016.
Jeff Lederer-tenor/soprano saxophones Petr Cancura –tenor saxophone
Kirk Knuffke-cornet, slide trumpet Brian Drye-trombone
Art Bailey-accordian
Stephen LaRosa-concert percussion, ship’s bell, chum bucket, chain
Special guests:
Mary LaRose-vocal
Gary Lucas-guitar
“one should play the guitar like a man drowning at sea....” Captain Beefhart.



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