Ayler Records is an independent record label that focuses on jazz, free jazz, and improvised music.

Ayler Records
Founded2000 (2000)
FounderJan Ström and Åke Bjurhamn
GenreJazz, free jazz, improvised music
Country of originFrance
Official websiteayler.com
Slogan"Never for money, always for love."

History edit

Named after saxophonist Albert Ayler, the label was founded in Sweden in 2000 by Jan Ström and Åke Bjurhamn.[1][2][3] The majority of Ayler's early releases were live recordings of European and American free jazz groups, many of them taped at the Glenn Miller Café in Stockholm, where Ström helped to book musicians.[2][4] In 2009, Ayler relocated to France, where it is managed by Stéphane Berland, who had joined the label in 2005, and who is now the sole overseer.[3][5][6] Recent releases are, according to writer Nick Ostrum, "not really jazz or free jazz, though they all lay somewhere on the musical fringes," suggesting "interesting and unpredictable things to come,"[7] and reflecting a broadening of the label's catalogue.[3]

Cover art edit

Ayler Records releases have been noted for their unique cover art and design.[4] From 2000 to 2008, covers featured a beige background and reproductions of paintings by co-founder Åke Bjurhamn, while releases from 2009 on have cover art designed by Stéphane Berland, who earns a living as a graphic designer and writer in the advertising field.[8]

Reception edit

Writer Krištof Budke called the label's catalogue "brilliant, forward-thinking, progressive and extremely creative,"[8] while reviewer Rex Butters praised Ayler for "[doing] its part to retrieve deserving free records from obscurity."[9] Ayler Records releases have received praise from Jazzwise,[10] JazzTimes,[11] Tom Hull,[12] Point of Departure,[13] Paris Transatlantic,[14] Dusted Magazine,[15] and The Times.[16]

Releases edit

Entries beginning with "aylCD" are CD releases; those beginning with "aylDL" are download-only releases.

  • aylCD-001 Noah Howard Quartet: Live at the Unity Temple
  • aylCD-002 Arthur Doyle & Sunny Murray: Live at Glenn Miller Café
  • aylDL-003 No School: No School
  • aylCD-004 Peter Brötzmann, Peter Uuskyla & Peter Friis-Nielsen: Live at Nefertiti
  • aylDL-005 Steve Swell: Live at the Bowery Poetry Club
  • aylCD-006 Michael Marcus Trio: Ithem
  • aylCD-007 John Stevens Trio: Live at the Plough
  • aylCD-008 The Fish: Live at Olympic Café & Jazz à Mulhouse (same as aylCD-057)
  • aylCD-009 Exuberance: Live at Vision Festival
  • aylCD-010 Return of the New Thing: Traque
  • aylDL-011 Joel Futterman: Possibilities
  • aylCD-012 Peter Janson, Jonas Kullhammar & Paal Nilssen-Love: Live at Glenn Miller Café
  • aylCD-013 Lars-Göran Ulander Trio: Live at Glenn Miller Café
  • aylDL-014 Louie Belogenis, Joe Morris & Charles Downs: The Flow
  • aylCD-015 Charles Gayle Trio: Live at Glenn Miller Café
  • aylDL-016 Tom Heurich Trio: Hotzen Session
  • aylCD-017–18 Anders Gahnold Trio: Flowers for Johnny
  • aylDL-019 Frode Gjerstad Trio: The Other Side
  • aylCD-020 SURD: Live at Glenn Miller Café
  • aylCD-021–22 Bengt Nordström: The Environmental Control Office
  • aylDL-023 Sonny Simmons Trio: Live at Knitting Factory
  • aylCD-024 Assif Tsahar & Hamid Drake: Soul Bodies, Vol. 1
  • aylCD-025 Assif Tsahar & Hamid Drake: Soul Bodies, Vol. 2
  • aylCD-026 Jemeel Moondoc Trio: Live at Glenn Miller Café
  • aylDL-027 François Carrier Quartet: Noh
  • aylCD-028 Henry Grimes Trio: Live at the Kerava Jazz Festival
  • aylDL-029 Luther Thomas & Rune Larsen: Busking in Christiania
  • aylCD-030 Exploding Customer: Live at Glenn Miller Café
  • aylCD-031 Exploding Customer: At Tampere Jazz Happening
  • aylCD-032 Per Henrik Wallin Trio: The Stockholm Tapes
  • aylCD-033 Albert Ayler: The Copenhagen Tapes
  • aylCD-034 The Electrics: Live at Glenn Miller Café
  • aylCD-035 The Electrics: Chain of Accidents
  • aylCD-036–40 Jimmy Lyons: The Box Set
  • aylDL-041 Luther Thomas: Finally! Total Unity in 3 Phases
  • aylDL-042 Tommy Koverhult Trio: Trane to Taube
  • aylDL-043 Michal Osowski Collective: Live at White Elephant
  • aylCD-044 William Parker Trio: ... and William Danced
  • aylDL-045 Jeffrey Hayden Shurdut: Allemansratten
  • aylDL-046 Jeffrey Hayden Shurdut: Live at Tonic
  • aylCD-047 Jemeel Moondoc Tentet: Live at the Vision Festival
  • aylCD-048–49 Mongezi Feza: Free Jam
  • aylCD-050–51 Rashied Ali & Arthur Rhames: The Dynamic Duo Remember Trane and Bird
  • aylCD-052 Fred Anderson & Harrison Bankhead: The Great Vision Concert
  • aylCD-053 Bayashi: Help is on its Way
  • aylDL-054 Martin Küchen Trio: Live at Glenn Miller Café
  • aylCD-055 Firehouse: Live at Glenn Miller Café
  • aylDL-056 Heinz Geisser & Guerino Mazzola: Live at Airegin
  • aylCD-057 The Fish: Live at Olympic Café & Jazz à Mulhouse (same as aylCD-008)
  • aylDL-058 Thieke, Griener & Weber: Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse
  • aylDL-059 Rune Larsen & Adam Nordin: Northern Lights Blues
  • aylDL-060 Jeffrey Hayden Shurdut: The Williamsburg Sessions II
  • aylDL-061 Michel Lambert: Unclouded Day
  • aylDL-062 Zero Point: Plays Albert Ayler
  • aylCD-063 Exploding Customer: At Your Service
  • aylDL-064 Luther Thomas & John Lindberg: Spirit of St. Louis
  • aylCD-065 Niels Jørgen Steen's Beatkapell: The Åhus Concert
  • aylDL-066 Jair-Rôhm Parker Wells Trio: Meditations on Albert Ayler: Live at Glenn Miller Café
  • aylDL-067 New Generation Quartet: Dances
  • aylDL-068 Stephen Gauci's Stockholm Conference: Live at Glenn Miller Café, pt. 3
  • aylDL-069 Mathias Rissi & Heinz Geisser: Herakleitos
  • aylDL-070 Jeff Marx & Jeff "Siege" Siegel: Dreamstuff
  • aylDL-071 Szilárd Mezei Quintet: As You
  • aylCD-072 Mark O'Leary, Stefan Pasborg & Peter Friis-Nielsen: Støj
  • aylDL-073 Frode Gjerstad, Kevin Norton & Paul Rogers: Antioch
  • aylDL-074 Frode Gjerstad Trio: A Sound Sight
  • aylDL-075 Hamid Drake, William Parker & Anders Gahnold: The Last Dances
  • aylDL-076 Pandelis Karayorgis Trio: Carameluia
  • aylCD-077–78 By Any Means: Live at Crescendo
  • aylCD-079 Gyldene Trion: Live at Glenn Miller Café
  • aylDL-080 Copperhead Trio: Labyrinths
  • aylDL-081 Mark O'Leary & Han Bennink: Television
  • aylDL-082 New Language Collaborative: Unified Fields
  • aylCD-083 Abdelhaï Bennani Trio: There Starts the Future
  • aylDL-084 Marc Edwards: Ode to a Dying Planet
  • aylCD-085 Eric Zinman & Laurence Cook: Double Action
  • aylDL-086 Bengt Frippe Nordström: Frippe's Protocol
  • aylDL-087 Realtime: In the Shaman's Pocket
  • aylCD-088 Niklas Barnö, Joel Grip & Didier Lasserre: Snus
  • aylDL-089 Anders Gahnold Trio: Live at Glenn Miller Café
  • aylCD-090 Correction: Two Nights in April
  • aylDL-091 Sebastian Bergström, Joacim Nyberg & Emil Åstrand-Melin: Correction
  • aylCD-092 Free Unfold Trio: Ballades
  • aylCD-093–94 Stephen Gauci's Stockholm Conference: Live at Glenn Miller Café, parts 1 & 2
  • aylCD-095 Dennis González Yells At Eels with Rodrigo Amado: The Great Bydgoszcz Concert
  • aylCD-096 Joëlle Léandre, François Houle & Raymond Strid: Last Seen Headed, Live at Sons d'Hiver
  • aylCD-097 Nuts: Symphony for Old and New Dimensions
  • aylCD-098–100 Benjamin Duboc: Primare Cantus
  • aylDL-101 Jair-Rôhm Parker Wells Trio: Brotherly Love in Philadelphia
  • aylCD-102 Zed Trio: Lost Transitions
  • aylDL-103 Mark O'Leary & Sunny Murray: Ode to Albert Ayler
  • aylDL-104 Eyal Maoz & Asaf Sirkis: Elementary Dialogues
  • aylDL-105 Christoph Gallio, Dominique Girod & Dieter Ulrich: Places
  • aylCD-106 François Carrier Trio+1: Entrance 3
  • aylCD-107 Flow Trio: Set Theory, Live at the Stone
  • aylDL-108 Arthur Rhames & Charles Telerant: Two in NYC
  • aylDL-109 Abdelhaï Bennani, Benjamin Duboc & Didier Lasserre: In Side
  • aylDL-110 Didier Lasserre Trio: Live at l'Atelier Tampon
  • aylDL-111 Hoots and Roots: Life and Death
  • aylCD-112 Jean-Marc Foltz with Matt Turner & Bill Carrothers: To the Moon
  • aylCD-113 Luís Lopes' Humanization 4tet: Electricity
  • aylDL-114 Jacob William Quartet: Secondary Deviations
  • aylDL-115 Mario Rechtern, Eric Zinman, Jane Wang & Laurence Cook: Wakte Oglaka
  • aylDL-116 Bengt Frippe Nordström: Creative Addition
  • aylCD-117 Dennis González Yells At Eels featuring Louis Moholo-Moholo: Cape of Storms
  • aylCD-118 Marc Ducret: Tower, Vol. 1
  • aylCD-119 Marc Ducret: Tower, Vol. 2
  • aylCD-120 Marc Ducret: Tower, Vol. 3
  • aylCD-121 Marc Ducret: Tower, Vol. 4
  • aylCD-122 Szilárd Mezei Wind Quartet: Innen
  • aylCD-123 Daunik Lazro: Some Other Zongs
  • aylCD-124 Stone Quartet: Live at Vision Festival
  • aylCD-125 Dennis González Yells At Eels + Alvin Fielder: Resurrection and Life
  • aylCD-126 Niklas Barnö, Joel Grip & Didier Lasserre: Can't Stop Snusing
  • aylCD-127 Alexandra Grimal: Andromeda
  • aylCD-128 Noël Akchoté, Jean-Marc Foussat & Roger Turner: Acid Rain
  • aylCD-129 Théo Ceccaldi Trio: Carrousel
  • aylCD-130 Sleeping in Vilna: Why Waste Time
  • aylCD-131 Jean-Luc Cappozzo & Géraldine Keller: Air Prints
  • aylCD-132 Matthieu Metzger: SelfCooking
  • aylCD-133 Dennis González Yells At Eels featuring Aakash Mittal: Colorado at Clinton
  • aylCD-134 Luís Lopes' Humanization 4tet: Live in Madison
  • aylCD-135 Scott Fields/Jeffrey Lependorf: Everything is in the instructions
  • aylCD-136 Théo Ceccaldi Trio + Joëlle Léandre: Can You Smile?
  • aylCD-137 Joëlle Léandre & Pascal Contet: 3
  • aylCD-138 A. Chennebault / V. Ceccaldi / R. Negro / T. Ceccaldi: La Scala
  • aylCD-139–140 Marc Ducret: Tower-Bridge
  • aylCD-141–142 Giovanni di Domenico & Alexandra Grimal: Chergui
  • aylCD-143 M. Metzger / S. Daniel / G. Galichet: Killing Spree
  • aylCD-144–145 Sylvaine Hélary: Spring Roll | Printemps
  • aylCD-146 Joëlle Léandre: Can You Hear Me? (2015 re-creation)
  • aylCD-147 Quatuor Machaut: Quatuor Machaut
  • aylCD-148 Marc Ducret Trio+3: Métatonal
  • aylCD-149 Sarah Murcia: Never Mind the Future
  • aylCD-150 Jean-Luc Cappozzo, Daunik Lazro & Didier Lasserre: Garden(s)
  • aylCD-151 Michel Blanc: Le Miroir des Ondes
  • aylCD-152 Alexandra Grimal, Benjamin Duboc & Valentin Ceccaldi: Bambú
  • aylCD-153 Cécile Cappozzo Trio: Sub rosa
  • aylCD-154 Joëlle Léandre & Marc Ducret: Chez Hélène
  • aylCD-155 Peter Bruun's All Too Human: Vernacular Avant-garde
  • aylCD-157 David Chevallier & Valentin Ceccaldi: Zèbres
  • aylCD-158 Bernado/Rinaudo/Mayot: Ikui Doki
  • aylCD-159 Scott Fields Ensemble: Barclay
  • aylCD-160 Killing Spree: Boko Boko Tour
  • aylCD-161 Frederick Galiay: Time Elleipsis
  • aylCD-162 Cappozzo/Lazro/Nick/Souchal: Neigen
  • aylCD-163 Yells At Eels + Pinkish Black: Vanishing Light in the Tunnel of Dreams
  • aylCD-164 Sylvaine Hélary: Glowing Life
  • aylCD-165 E. Brochard & F. Favriou: Derviche
  • aylCD-166–167 Boiron/Chevillon/Gastard:
  • aylCD-168 Charles, Jauniaux & Mariage: L'amour
  • aylCD-169 Joëlle Léandre: At Souillac en Jazz
  • aylCD-170 Golden Retrieval: Départementale 985
  • aylCD-171 Dennis González Ataraxia Trio+2: Nights Enter
  • aylCD-172 Derviche (Brochard & Favriou): Murs Absurdes
  • aylCD-173–174 Noël Akchoté: Loving Highsmith
  • aylCD-175 Satoko Fujii & Otomo Yoshihide: Perpetual Motion
  • aylCD-176 Didier Lasserre: Silence was pleased
  • aylCD-177 Lila Bazooka: Arashiyama
  • aylCD-178 Marc Ducret: ICI
  • aylCD-179 Cécile Cappozzo Quintet: Hymne d'automne
  • aylCD-180 Scott Fields Ensemble: Songs of Steve Dalachinsky
  • aylCD/DVD-001 François Cotinaud's Klangfarben Ensemble: Monologue de Schönberg


References edit

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  9. ^ Butters, Rex (June 8, 2004). "Michael Marcus Trio: Ithem". All About Jazz. Retrieved April 9, 2023.
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