Heart Love

by Little (i) Music

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    Shakers n' Bakers 3rd release, featuring the pop songs of Albert Ayler.

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Everybody’s Movin’ Everybody’s movin’ in a different direction Movin’ so fast they have no perfection Everybody’s running yes to and fro Sometimes I wonder where could it be Caught up in the wave they just can’t decide They run away and they have no place to hide Everybody’s movin’ in a different direction Movin’ so fast they have no perfection Sometime I wonder where could I go Everybody’s acting strange I just can’t see Sometimes I wonder what could it be
Oh Love of Life Oh Love of life, do you hear me calling Do you hear me calling, for Universal Love? Oh Love of Life, peace is all I’m asking Peace is all I’m asking, I want to be with you Can you hear the Angels singing their music? They are telling of his love Telling of his love Oh Love of Life, do you hear me calling? Do you hear me calling, for Universal Love?
Deep River 04:59
Music is the Healing Force of the Universe Music is the healing force of the universe Music of love, music is the spirit Music is life, life is music Music is played, listened to, danced to Sometimes not understood but felt Music causes all bad vibrations to fade away It makes one want to love instead of hate It puts the mind in a healthy state of thought It reconciles, it unites, becomes oneness It brings about a state of wholeness and purifies Oh let it come in, oh let it come in The music of the universe, the music of love Be healed
A Man is Like a Tree A man is like a tree, a tree is like a man Comes a change of the Season, he dies and is born again A man is like a tree, that grows from a seed Never cut his growth, give him a chance to be He will answer to the call Like a tree he’ll stand up tall A man is like a tree, a tree is like a man The arms of a man, like branches of a tree Forever are reaching out, ‘cause man was meant to be Winter, spring, summer and fall Like a tree he’ll stand up tall A man is like a tree, a tree is like a man
New Generation It’s a new generation, telling it the way that they feel It’s a new generation, screaming it loud and clear It’s a new generation, they really know what time it is It’s a new generation, hear me when I say It’s a new generation, full of spirit all the way It’s a new generation, you gotta let them have their say It’s a new generation, you gotta let them have the day It’s a new generation, looking for peace of mind It’s a new generation, movin’ it on down the line It’s a new generation, grooving it all the time It’s a new generation, they’re grooving it all the time
Goin' Home 05:30
Heart Love 05:08
Heart Love Heart that is full of love, love that comes from above Heart full of tenderness, brings about togetherness Heart that is kind and true, brings eternal life to you Heart love is never sad, love peace within your heart Love is full of many things, makes you happy as a king Let our voices laugh and ring, songs of praise that children sing Heart love.


In 1968, after years of being one of the most charismatic and controversial characters in the free jazz movement of the 1960’s, the saxophonist Albert Ayler made a recording called “New Grass”, comprised of songs that he had created along with his musical and life partner Mary Maria Parks. These new songs spoke with the directness of the language of R n’ B and Soul music and were produced with a slick sound by Bob Thiele for the Impulse label. This music expresses Albert and Mary Maria’s beautiful vision of a world filled with happiness and universal love. While Albert’s own playing on the record shows the same fire and freedom he exhibited throughout his entire recording career, the album was a departure from the less structured sound of his previously recorded music. This music used the familiar forms of popular music forms to express an ecstatic millennial vision of Heaven on Earth.

Upon it’s release, the album “New Grass” was subjected to great criticism, most pointedly by some of the people who had championed Albert in his early career and raised him up as a hero of the new jazz. In the magazine “Cricket”, Amiri Baraka and his editors accused Albert of being a “sell-out” who had appeased Impulse Records by making an album that was intended to broaden his appeal to a wider audience. Albert made one more album for Impulse, but within 3 years of the release of “New Grass” he was suddenly gone, the victim of a tragic drowning in the East River.

The album’s utopian vision and millennial fervor resonate deeply and I have felt for a long time that my group Shakers n’ Bakers was the perfect ensemble to re-visit the rarely heard songs on this recording. In addition to these joyful and visionary songs you will hear some traditional Spiritual songs included here that Albert had previously recorded as well. I have made my case for the connections between the “Vision Songs” of the Shaker religious sect and the music of Albert Ayler in the previous two Shakers n’ Bakers recordings - here I focus only on the second part of that equation, although in the opening recitation you will hear a Shaker text that I uncovered in original manuscript form while doing research in 2013 as a NEH “Summer Scholar” at the NY State Archives in Albany. The opening words of this recording have not been uttered since the mid-19th Century and speak to the power of revelation of the divine through human expression that connects the Shakers and Albert.


released February 14, 2018

Shakers n’ Bakers:

Mary LaRose/Miles Griffith – vocals
Jeff Lederer – Tenor Saxophone, flute
Jamie Saft – piano, organ, Baldwin electric harpsichord
Chris Lightcap – bass
Allison Miller – drums


Steven Bernstein – trumpet, slide trumpet
Kirk Knuffke – cornet
Joe Fiedler – trombone
Lisa Parrott – baritone saxophone

Special guest on #7 and #9

Matt Wilson – drums

And the “Heart Love Singers”:

Amy Cervini, Mary LaRose, Melissa Stylliano, Toni Seawright, Chelsea McClauren.

All arrangements by Jeff Lederer ç ledrose music (bmi)

Recorded May 1 and 2 at Systems Two, Brooklyn NY
Engineered by Mike Marciano
Mixed by Jamie Saft at Potterville International Sound.
Mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Sound.

Shaker “Gift Hearts” created by the women of the Shakers community graciously provided by the Hancock Shaker Village.
Designed by Guillermo Prado, Eight Point Two studio.


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Little (i) Music is a small record label based in Brooklyn NY that focuses on the work of Jeff Lederer and Mary LaRose and their musical worlds.

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