Tag Archives: documentary

My Name is Albert Ayler

15 Sep

A Film By Kasper Collin

Last night a tenor sax landed in my lap. My friend Elliot Bergman got a deal on a Buescher (MY brand) on the side of the highway in Cleveland and had the notion to pass it on to me. He brought it down to Zebulon where I was playing with Mike Bones Brigade. After our set, Joce, the owner of Zebulon started DJing — the third track he played was by a squawking tenor sax player I loved, but since I’ve never really checked out Albert Ayler I didn’t know without asking who it was. When I got home I looked for some video footage of Ayler so I could learn more about him — I found this fantastic movie and finished watching it this morning. Naturally I projected some significance onto the fact that my new old horn is from Cleveland which is where Albert is from. Also, his ultimate collaborator and companion Mary Maria Parks was wearing the exact same sequined headband I was wearing on the gig last night. Crazy Coincidences everywhere!

My Brother Is James Chance

10 Sep

This is an adorable short film about James Chance’s brother David Siegfried, how he looked up to James and put a band together for a midwest Contortions tour. David, a microbiologist, also gives an insightful commentary on his side hustle – he has candy vending machines. I played a bunch of gigs with James Chance in the mid 90s and found him to be a brilliant genius, amazing sax player and all round musician and very sweet person.