Albert Ayler: Revelations: The Complete ORTF 1970 Fondations Maeght Recordings

The first night opens with Ayler alone, playing ‘Music Is the Healing Force of the Universe’ to set a fiery, inspired tone for the evening. Maria’s spoken poetry soon follows, and while her verse verges on platitude, what matters most throughout Revelations is the way she delivers it, with a dramatic authority more stirring than her contributions to Ayler’s studio albums. It helps that Tintweiss and Blairman add electricity to her exhortations, making them nearly a match for Ayler’s earlier rhythm sections.