Williams, Mars - An Ayler Xmas Volume 2

Mars Williams - saxes, toy instruments
Josh Berman – cornet
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello
Jim Baker - piano, ARP synthesizer, viola
Kent Kessler – bass
Brian Sandstrom - bass, guitar, trumpet
Steve Hunt - drums, percussion
Jeb Bishop – trombone
Thomas Berghammer – trumpet
Hermann Stangassinger – bass
Didi Kern - drums, percussion
Christof Kurzmann - lloopp, vocals

“A product of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians who studied with AACM founders Anthony Braxton and Roscoe Mitchell, 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 many years in Akron new wave band The Waitresses and work with Billy Idol, Ministry, Massacre, and many more.
He also leads the Albert Ayler tribute band Witches & Devils, and out of their holiday concerts grew a unique tradition. One look at this album's track titles and you'll understand the concept here. 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. And it's worth noting that Williams's worlds collide on track three here, featuring The Waitresses's biggest hit, "Christmas Wrapping", as he played on their original recording.

Xmas Medley
O Tannenbaum/Spirits/12 Days Of Christmas
Love Cry/Christmas Wrapping
Carol of the Drum/Bells/O Come Emanuel/Joy To The World
Universal Indians/We Wish You A Merry Xmas
  • LabelESP-Disk
  • UPC825481503020
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