Notable: Albert Ayler & Cecil Sharp

This week Elizabeth and Stuart tell the stories of two highly influential figures from very different sections of music history. First up is the brilliant saxophonist Albert Ayler, a free jazz pioneer whose influence on John Coltrane alone merits him a much wider audience than ever achieved in his lifetime. Then, after a blessedly brief diversion into the backstory of legendary Lancashire songsmiths the Dandelion Adventure, we hear about Cecil Sharp, whose work collecting thousands of traditional songs in the nineteenth century made him a king of folk music; more recently his reputation has become somewhat more complicated, as Elizabeth and Stuart explain.

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