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Spiritual Unity [Limited Edition, Import]

Albert Ayler Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (23 Nov 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition, Import
  • Label: Get Back
  • ASIN: B000027953
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,085,322 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Lyrical Modern Jazz 28 Jun 2010
This is a fabulous album. Although it does not contain very much music by contemporary standards - perhaps closer to an EP than a genuine LP - what is here contains barely an imperfect note. It marks, to my mind, an almost perfect balance between the liberating ethos of free jazz with enough form from the various bop movements to allow for real beauty. It fairly fizzes along, with the players in perfect sympathy. Fans of Keith Jarrett will be interested to hear the young Gary Peacock on DB in a different context. Brio, humour and a love of being young and at the top of your game burst out of the four tracks. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Albert Ayler Trio 7 Jan 2013
By R. Ware
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I read about Albert Ayler in a Steve Hamilton book. The main character in this book thought that this artist was better even than John Coltrane. My son loves John Coltrane, so I decided to buy this disc.

It arrived very quickly, earlier than anticipated, was well packed and my son has really enjoyed the music.

Excellent service. Thanks
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3.0 out of 5 stars An aquired taste.... 18 Jun 2005
By Sarb Ox
Format:Audio CD
I approached this album with some interest and trepidation. Being relatively new to "free jazz" (my only previous exposure being some Eric Dolphy, Don Cherry and maybe Coltrane (late stuff like the "Expression" album)this was unchartered waters.
Well, at least the album demands something of the listener ! It cannot be ignored ! There seems to be disparity (the trio here consists of Ayler, Gary Peacock and Sunny Murray)and yet Ayler manages to somehow stamp some theme on each piece. I have to say that overall there seems to be spirit but not much unity...
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5.0 out of 5 stars uncompromising expression 6 Mar 2001
By MusicFreak - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This record is certainly not for everyone. It is for anyone who loves passionate, intense and completely free musical expression. Ayler, bass master Gary Peacock, and Sunny Murray sound here like they are on a voracious search. And the destination could be eons away, but the search is an awesome ride. An exhilarating and exhausting ride, that could leave "smooth jazzers" cringing with disgust, but so what? What do they know? Let yourself be taken away, let the power flow through your veins. This is completely uncompromising expression. This is not elevator music. It's real, you can feel the sweat, the blisters on the fingers of the musicians, the abandon with which they commit themselves. No compromise.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spiritual trio 31 Oct 2000
By Morten Christopher Monsen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
A lot of free-jazz recordings suffer from lack of listenability, usually because many of them are played by too large ensambles with individual players fighting for space rather than achieving a common goal. And though purists may disagree, listenability is every bit as relevant to the avant-garde as it is to pop. Period. I'm not opposed to noise (I love it), but noise needs context. And Aylers context is melodies. Noise + melodies = PUNK. This trio recording is a delight to listen to. Not that it's easy listening. But you can hear how much in tune with eachother these musicians were. Allthough Ayler carries the melodies, there is equal importance on Peacokcs booming bass, Murrays skitting drums and Aylers sax, hense creating a unity so rare in other ensambles. Aylers best known composition, Ghost, is so daring and beautiful and sets the tone for the rest of the record. Aylers melodies draw from old folk tunes, gospel and spirituals, but allthough the themes are religious, it does not mean YOU have to be to enjoy the spiritual feeling of this record. It jumps, it kicks, it weeps and it overcomes. Such beauty and how very, very punk.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely wild music 3 Jun 2001
By Ricard Giner (cootie@cootiesjazz.com) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Spiritual Unity is just under 30 minutes long. Thirty minutes of tremendous, emotional, delirious intensity. The theme of "Ghosts" is like a folk-song, immediately arresting in its naïve simplicity. Ayler uses the child-like motif of its theme as a vehicle to express both disintegration and liberation.
His anguished, restless quest for sonic sensations beyond the saxophone's conventional realm of sound is underpinned by the pointillistic plucking of Gary Peacock's phenomenally voluminous bass and Sunny Murray's ethereal percussive sprinkling cymbals.
An unmeasured response to this recording might lead one to judge it broken and dishevelled - but the depth of attention from Peacock and Murray to the nuances and subtle shifts in Ayler's delivery on "Spirits" reveals an intimacy that puts this trio right at the forefront of the free jazz movement, and the record a seminal one in the jazz of the 1960s.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars no easy listening 23 July 2000
By nadav haber - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I found it difficult to listen to the album at first. You have to just relax and let this amazing music affect you. I am thankful for the courage Ayler had to play this extremely personal music. This is certainly not music made for financial gain. The music is based on simplistic melodies that are played with amazing energy and emotion (love). The trio erupts each time like a volcano and takes over completely. This is courageous and rare music that was typical of Ayler, though this CD stands out for it's amazingly direct sound and the excellent team work. Just for the sound that comes out of Ayler's saxophone - it is worth the effort.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 26 Oct 2000
By Stephen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
One has to remember that this was recorded before Coltrane's Acsension, even before A Love Supreme. This recording set the tone for the 60s Avant Garde combining intense playing with a spiritual beauty that confounds most listeners. This trio slashes and burns through this material. This is a landmark album.
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