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My Name Is Albert Ayler

My Name Is Albert Ayler (2008)

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Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 0

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With his documentary My Name Is Albert Ayler, Swedish filmmaker Kasper Collin pays unbridled homage to the titular musician, one of the most innovative and electric but least-known figures in contemporary jazz. Ayler's obscurity is at least as attributable to his short lifespan as it is to his musical iconoclasm -- he died under bizarre and inexplicable circumstances in late 1970; on November 5 of that year, Manhattan police found his 34-year-old body floating in the city's East River, possibly

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All Critics (17) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (1) | DVD (1)

well-researched documentary is an impressionistic portrait of a man whose ecstatic braying tenor sax still sounds fresh.

March 13, 2008
Los Angeles Times
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Brings a sense of logic and humanity to a man whose music was as unsettling as it was untethered to the tenets of jazz.

March 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Illuminates Ayler's aesthetic of pure sense experience.

February 8, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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A cause for rejoicing.

February 7, 2008 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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The Ohio-born tenor saxophonist Albert Ayler probably would have gotten a kick out of Kasper Collin's documentary about his life.

November 8, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Kasper Collin's film portrays a confident but troubled man, who never doubted that posterity would discover him, and consoled himself that prominent American composer Charles Ives had to work a day job.

November 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Salon.com
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The story of his [subject Albert Ayler's] troubled life and premature death is engrossing without prior knowledge of his place in the history of experimental jazz.

September 2, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Collin gives us a valuable look at the difference between the open-minded European jazz scene and an American culture that relegated artists like Ayler to second-class citizenship.

March 13, 2008

Smart and savvy doc

March 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

An affectionate and compassionate screen poem, incorporating reminiscences with Ayler's music and his musings gleaned from interviews, and also an excursion into the past to connect to a sense of the times that informed his existence.

March 1, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
NewsBlaze

You don't have to like or even appreciate Ayler's striking brand of music to be moved by this heartfelt tribute.

November 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A loving and elegantly crafted documentary that charts the saxophonist's commitment to his art, often in the face of dire poverty, family illness, and neglect by American audiences.

February 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Affecting, if rather esoteric.

February 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Working wonders with limited source material, Collin's moving tribute proves the power of simple storytelling and understatement while helping us hear Ayler's extraordinary music with fresh ears.

February 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4

An interesting history of a leading figure in an important American artform.

February 9, 2007 Full Review Source: BBC.com
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