Of the records Ayler made during 1964, the LP New York Eye and Ear Control... is probably the most important link between the epoch-making collective improvisation Free Jazz by the Ornette Coleman double quartet, and John Coltrane's Ascension. Apart from that, it is - in my opinion - one of Ayler's very best recordings. New York Eye and Ear Control owes a large part of it's success to the contrasting temperaments of the three musicians used by Albert Ayler in addition to his trio, namely, trumpeter Don Cherry, trombonist Roswell Rudd and alto saxophonist John Tchicai... All three inspire Albert Ayler to a breadth of expression which is too often missing in his improvisations with smaller groups. There is less limitation to his sound-span playing, more contrast, more punch and rhythmic accentuation, and with quick response Ayler takes motives from Cherry, Rudd and Tchicai, transforms them into his own musical idiom, and in turn gives a new direction to the flow of ideas.' - Ekkehard Jost, Free Jazz.
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