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Albert Ayler February 24, 1964

Main Session Personnel
tenor saxophone
piano
bass
drums
# Tracks Playtime Issue Variance from Main Session Personnel
1 Going Home 4:26
Goin' Home
Catalog #: BL CD 760197
Albert Ayler (arranger)
2 Old Man River 5:25
Goin' Home
Catalog #: BL CD 760197
3 Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen 4:44
Goin' Home
Catalog #: BL CD 760197
Albert Ayler (arranger)
4 When the Saints Go Marching In 4:12
Goin' Home
Catalog #: BL CD 760197
Albert Ayler (arranger)
5 Swing Low, Sweet Spiritual 4:30
Goin' Home
Catalog #: BL CD 760197
Albert Ayler (arranger)
6 Deep River 4:15
Goin' Home
Catalog #: BL CD 760197
Albert Ayler (arranger)
7 Down By the Riverside 4:39
Goin' Home
Catalog #: BL CD 760197
Albert Ayler (arranger)
8 Down By the Riverside 4:28
Goin' Home
Catalog #: BL CD 760197
Albert Ayler (arranger)
9 Swing Low, Sweet Spiritual 4:49
Goin' Home
Catalog #: BL CD 760197
(soprano saxophone, arranger)
10 Old Man River 3:59
Goin' Home
Catalog #: BL CD 760197
(soprano saxophone, arranger)
11 Witches and Devils 11:55
Witches and Devils
Catalog #: DEB 146
(bass), (trumpet), (omit)
12 Spirits 6:35
Witches and Devils
Catalog #: DEB 146
(trumpet), (omit)
13 Holy Holy 11:00
Witches and Devils
Catalog #: DEB 146
(bass), (trumpet), (omit), (omit)
14 Saints 6:05
Witches and Devils
Catalog #: DEB 146
(trumpet), (omit)
genre: bop, free
Recording Date: 
1964-02-24
Leader(s): 
Albert Ayler
Skill/instrument: 
tenor saxophone
Skill/instrument: 
piano
Skill/instrument: 
bass
Skill/instrument: 
drums
Personnel: 
Albert Ayler
Personnel: 
Call Cobbs, Jr.
Personnel: 
Henry Grimes
Personnel: 
Sunny Murray
Ensemble Size: 
quartet
Venue Type: 
studio
Venue Name: 
Atlantic Studios
Venue Location: 
New York, New York
Recording company
Producer: 
George Coppens
Session Details: 

THE BIGGEST PROBLEM WITH PREVIOUS DISCOGRAPHY OF THIS SESSION IS THAT BRUYNINCKX AND LORD AND AYLER.CO.UK ALL LIST THEM AS SEPARATE SESSIONS, EVEN THOUGH THEY OCCUR ON THE SAME DATE IN THE SAME CITY WITH NEARLY EXACTLY THE SAME PERSONNEL. BECAUSE OF THIS, WE DON'T KNOW WHETHER THE FOUR TRACKS IN ONE 'SESSION' WERE RECORDED BEFORE, AFTER OR SCATTERED THROUGHOUT THE OTHER 'SESSION'.

Also, for the final four tracks (Witches & Devils, holy holy, saints & spirits) not one discographic source lists the same track order, and in the case of Holy, Holy, there is some discrepancy as to who plays bass on this track. Bruyninckx says Earle Henderson joins Henry Grimes on bass but says "na out". There is nobody in Bruyninckx' session with those initials so I don't know what that means. Lord and ayler.co.uk list Earle Henderson ALONE as the bassist. As for track order, since ayler.co.uk seems to be a little more accurate with other things with regard to Ayler discog, I will go with his order.

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Bruyninckx leaves out the alternate version of Down by the Riverside, but ayler.co.uk shows there are two versions in the photograph of the issue that came from this session, and Lord corroborates this version. Also, Bruyninckx lists BOTH Ol' Man River tracks as being take 2 when one should be take 1, according to both issues, and Lord. However, Bruyninckx lists one of them as having Ayler on Soprano and one on tenor. Lord makes no such distinction. Again, because of the discrepancies between the three sources used here, it's difficult to tell the precise order of tracks from the session, so I will do my best based on the information given.

I've tried my best to keep to Bruyninckx' original track listing, while adding this track he forgets, since it seems Lord is just going off of the Black Lion issue (e.g. he uses "Chariot" instead of "spiritual")

Bruyninckx and Lord also differ on the track order severely, though, and Lord doesn't list the take number, just calls some "alt" and some leaves blank.

"Swing Low, Sweet Spiritual" was the title of the original issue and the track. However, in subsequent issues it is called "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot"

Because of the discrepancy between Lord only saying master vs alt and Bruyninckx & the issue listing the take number, I haven't included anything distinguishing which track is alt or master in the title, but instead listed the take number under "matrix number".

-JS

Sources: 
ayler.co.uk, bruyninckx, lord,