S 2005 – Director: Kasper Collin – Original language: swedish, english – Subtitles: english


"If people don't like it now, they will." My name is Albert Ayler is the first film portrait of one of the most fascinating jazz saxophonists of the 60s, a prophetic, controversial, avant-garde figure. According to his friend John Coltrane, he was "the most important innovator in jazz". Amiri Baraka described his work as "the explosive sound of today". He never made it into big venues but played his intransigent music – which he called "free spiritual music" – mostly in coffee shops. He was obsessed with the notion that people one day would understand his radical compositions. In 1963 he made his official debut album "My Name Is Albert Ayler". Seven years later he was found dead in New York's East River, he was only 34 years old. His death is still a mystery. Ayler had always suffered from financial problems. When his downfall truly began in 1966, he sought salvation in spirituality.

Rich and newly-discovered archive material, intimate meetings with family, friends and colleagues, Ayler's voice from radio interviews, breathtaking free jazz bring to life the wild, revolutionary spirit of a unique jazz musician.

"Trane was the father. Pharoah was the son. I was the holy ghost."

"My Name is Albert is one of the most starkly beautiful and moving documentaries ever made about a jazz musician." Thomas Conrad, Jazz Times

Camera: Peter Palm, Askild Vik Edwardsen. Sound: Mario Adamson, Carolina Jinde. Editing: Eva Hillström, Patrick Austen, Kasper Collin. Music: Albert Ayler. Production: Kasper Collin Produktion. Producer: Kasper Collin. Length: 79 min.