New York Eye and Ear Control

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New York Eye and Ear Control
Studio album by Albert Ayler
RecordedJuly 17, 1964
GenreFree jazz
Albert Ayler chronology
Spiritual Unity
New York Eye and Ear Control
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllmusicAllmusic 3/5 stars link
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide3/5 stars[1]

New York Eye and Ear Control is an album of group improvisations recorded by an augmented version of Albert Ayler's group to provide the soundtrack for Michael Snow's 1964 film of the same name.[2]

Critics have compared the album with the key free jazz recordings: Ornette Coleman's earlier Free Jazz and John Coltrane's subsequent Ascension. John Litweiler regards it favourably in comparison because of its "free motion of tempo (often slow, usually fast); of ensemble density (players enter and depart at will); of linear movement".[3] Ekkehard Jost places it in the same company and comments on "extraordinarily intensive give-and-take by the musicians" and "a breadth of variation and differentiation on all musical levels".[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Don's Dawn" (Cherry/Peacock) – 0:57
  2. "AY" (Ayler) – 20:17
  3. "ITT" (Ayler) – 22:05


External links[edit]


  1. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 16. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  2. ^ Review by Scott Yanow, Allmusic.
  3. ^ Litweiler, John (1984). The Freedom Principle: Jazz After 1958. Da Capo.
  4. ^ Jost, Ekkehard (1975). Free Jazz (Studies in Jazz Research 4). Universal Edition.