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Mars Williams presents an Ayler Xmas
Live Streamed from Constellation in Chicago
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Saxophonist Mars Williams is most famous as a member of The Psychedelic Furs, but has proven his jazz bona fides with Peter Brötzmann and Ken Vandermark, and while guiding Liquid Soul and Hal Russell’s NRG Ensemble, to name just a few. (His rock CV is also varied, including Akron New Wave band The Waitresses and work with Billy Idol, Ministry, Massacre, and many more.)
Williams also leads the Albert Ayler tribute band Witches & Devils, and out of their holiday concerts grew a unique tradition. One listen and you’ll hear that, as odd as that concept may seem, it’s brilliantly effective, with the disparate melodies working together in their common projection of joy and celebration — which is painfully needed at this point in time amidst the current climate.
Josh Berman – Cornet,
Jim Baker – Piano, Viola, Arp Synth
Kent Kessler – Bass
Brian Sandstrom – Bass, Guitar, Trumpet
Steve Hunt – Drums
with Guests: Keefe Jackson – Bari Sax
Katinka Kleijn – Cello
Peter Maunu – Violin
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