Albert Ayler's fiery saxophone influenced the late period compositions of John Coltrane.
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May 8, 2001 No one in jazz was as far out and far in as tenor saxophonist Albert Ayler. Far out in terms of how he improvised. Far in, in terms of the songs he wrote to improvise on. They sounded like a jumble of bugle calls, national anthems, nursery rhymes and drinking songs.
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