My Name Is Albert Ayler - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

My Name Is Albert Ayler Reviews

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September 2, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 13, 2008
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
well-researched documentary is an impressionistic portrait of a man whose ecstatic braying tenor sax still sounds fresh.
March 13, 2008
Smart and savvy doc
March 5, 2008
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 1, 2008
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.
February 8, 2008
Illuminates Ayler's aesthetic of pure sense experience.
February 7, 2008
A cause for rejoicing.
November 28, 2007
You don't have to like or even appreciate Ayler's striking brand of music to be moved by this heartfelt tribute.
November 8, 2007
The Ohio-born tenor saxophonist Albert Ayler probably would have gotten a kick out of Kasper Collin's documentary about his life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 8, 2007
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 7, 2007
Collin's melancholy, beautiful feature debut does more than just chronicle this undervalued musician; it brings Ayler and his message of spiritual unity back to life.
February 9, 2007
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
Affecting, if rather esoteric.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 9, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 9, 2007
A tender and slightly unsettling love letter to iconic avant-garde saxophonist Albert Ayler.
February 9, 2007
An interesting history of a leading figure in an important American artform.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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