Albert Ayler

Spiritual Unity (ESP 1002)

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1965

Spiritual Unity

Albert Ayler

ESP-Disk

825481010023

ESP 90343

ESP 1002

JAZZ

1

Spiritual Unity

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CD 10,74 €

"Spiritual Unity" is Ayler's defining statement. Ayler, bassist Gary Peacock, and drummer Sunny Murray form a telepathic network of accelerating and decelerating rhythms and ideas. Ayler's voice is perfectly realized here, from the surging run of "The Wizard," to the lyrical ruminations in "Spirits," to "Ghosts," whose two variations bookend the album, musically and thematically. Ayler unleashes bird-like flurries and guttural groans deep enough to coax spirits from the earth. His aggressive attack and wide vibrato are tempered by the child-like purity of his expression, and the listener is pulled inexorably into a transcendent unity promised by the title, making SPIRITUAL UNITY a free-jazz classic.

PERSONNEL:

ALBERT AYLER, tenor sax
GARY PEACOCK, bass
SUNNY MURRAY, drums

Recorded in New York, on July 10,1964.

TRACKS:

01 Ghosts: First Variation
02. The Wizard
03. Spirits
04. Ghosts: Second Variation