ESP-Disk is marking the anniversary of Albert Ayler's first recording sessions for the label with a 68 track digital-only compilation of interviews and music, tracing his career and detailing crucial recording sessions. It's compiled by Michael D Anderson, who also put together the Sun Ra Eternal Myth Revealed box set.
Ayler’s first session for ESP was Spiritual Unity, which was recorded on 10 July 1964. In the years following he recorded Bells, Spirits Rejoice and more for the label. The Albert Ayler Story is released on 24 June.
Listen to three tracks below: