My Name is Albert Ayler

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A note to NYC metro locals:  Tomorrow night at Rutgers there is a screening of the documentary film “My Name is Albert Ayler” by the Swedish filmmaker Kasper Collin at Rutgers.  The 6pm screening is sponsored by the departments of English and American Literature.

Kasper is an old friend of the Jazz Loft Project (Ayler is pictured by Smith in the JLP book) and I was able to finally meet him in person yesterday in NYC.  This year Kasper’s wife is at Columbia where he said she will finish her PhD on water and politics in Niger.  What an interesting, achieving couple.

I admire the way Kasper used Ayler’s father and brother in the film.  It would be easy to turn Albert Ayler into some kind of cosmic marvel but Kasper’s film makes him human.  Kasper said Ayler’s family was pleased with the film, too.

-Sam Stephenson

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