New Grass

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New Grass
Studio album by Albert Ayler
Released 1968
Recorded September 5–6, 1968
Genre Jazz
Length 33:09
Label Impulse!
MCA (reissue)
Producer Bob Thiele
Albert Ayler chronology
Love Cry
(1967)Love Cry1967
New Grass
Music Is the Healing Force of the Universe
(1969)Music Is the Healing Force of the Universe1969

New Grass is a 1968 album by jazz saxophonist Albert Ayler released on Impulse! Records.[1]

The album mixed Ayler's vocals and tenor saxplaying with elements from R&B and other genres, including a soul horn section, backing singers, rock electric bass, and boogaloo drumming.


It met a hostile reception from fans and critics alike on its release, with many accusing Ayler of "selling out". All Music Guide's Al Campbell nevertheless calls the album "misunderstood", speculating that Impulse had encouraged Ayler to go in a more commercial direction, and he had willingly acquiesced.[1]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic [1] 3.5/5 stars
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 2/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Message From Albert/New Grass" (Albert Ayler, Bert de Coteaux) – 3:53
  2. "New Generation" (Ayler, Rose Marie McCoy, Mary Maria Parks – 5:06
  3. "Sun Watcher" (Ayler, Robin Syler) – 7:29
  4. "New Ghosts" (Ayler, Parks) – 4:10
  5. "Heart Love" (Ayler, Parks) – 5:32
  6. "Everybody's Movin'" (Ayler, McCoy, Parks) – 3:43
  7. "Free At Last" (Ayler, McCoy, Parks) – 3:08





  1. ^ a b c Campbell, Al. "New Grass - Albert Ayler". Allmusic. All Media Guide. Retrieved June 26, 2011. 
  2. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 7. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.