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Spiritual Unity Import

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  • Audio CD (15 May 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Espdisk
  • ASIN: B0007Z9RAC
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,568 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ghosts: First Variation
2. The Wizard
3. Spirits
4. Ghosts: Second Variation

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 23 Jun. 2005
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If there was just one Albert album to own out of all that has been released, this is the one.
It is so good it is scary. To place this album in its historical perspective of early 1964 you have to compare this with Coltrane's Crescent or Miles Davis - My Funny Valentine/Four & More. It still sounds radical today, yet over the years the inherent logic of Albert's solos have become familiar - and grow in stature as a consequence.
The quality of the remastering deserves mention too. Being a sax, bass and drums trio, the enhanced sound highlights the strong support of Sunny Murray and Gary Peacock.
Thanks ESP for having the foresight to record him in the first place and for the re-issue with the super sound.
Buy this while you can!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Camberwick Green is Puppets on 18 Jan. 2013
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An apparently single-take recording by Albert Ayler's trio (Albert Ayler, tenor sax; Gary Peacock, bass; Sunny Murray, drums). Recorded straight to mono in 1964 (the recording was released in the following year), it includes two takes of Ayler's wonderful tune 'ghosts', and two other tracks, 'the wizard' and 'spirits'. The playing is magnificent but unrestrained - if you don't like the outer reaches of tenor sax technique, this is not for you. If you do like it, you'll probably find the album a little short - which is the reason for the 'but' in the title. The mono sound is outstanding, by the way - all three musicians come over clearly and sonorously, with particularly resonant, well recorded bass. Another reason to wish they had recorded more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bass cadet on 19 Feb. 2013
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Just buy this album.
If you want something to set you up on an uneven keel this is it.
A friend recommended it to me ......I Will love him forever.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Claire Shepherd on 1 Sept. 2014
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Ayler's idiom comes together for the first time. 4 May 2005
By Michael Stack - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Tenor saxaphonist Albert Ayler recorded many powerful albums in his time, "Spiritual Unity" is probably his first truly great record. Featuring a trio of Gary Peacock (bass) and Sunny Murry (drums), this is a band with a tight rapport who is able to really get inside the music. Murray, one of the true free jazz master drummers, manages to suggest time while not constraining himself to it, and Peacock liberates himself altogether from traditional bass roles-- he plays in a free associative pattern behind behind Ayler. What is most important about this trio is that this is the first time Ayler's band seems to actually "get" what he's doing and he can project with full confidence because he's not being held back by the band.

The best evidence of this is probably Ayler's solo in "The Wizard"-- he cuts loose completely, bringing forth every groan and scream he can coax from his sax before yielding to a brief bass solo. Of the rest, "Spirits" gets a stunning reading, with Ayler's wide vibrato injecting a high level of emotive content into the music and Peacock's sympathetic arco/pizzicato accompaniment really holding firm. Of the two takes of "Ghosts" on the album, the former is much more relaxed, with Ayler's unaccompanied intro and relatively restrained soloing, the latter is extremely aggressive, filled with the idiom of Ayler's music, twisgting and turning and really getting in and around the piece.

This reissue, on the resurrected ESP Disk label, is essential. Remastered from the original tapes removed from a vault for the first time, it sounds fantastic-- the muted drum sound seems to have been somewhat repaired, and more of the subtleties of Murray's playing can be heard, in fact the entire record is crisp, clean and sounds superior to even the fantastic remastering on Ayler's Impulse recordings.

Like all of Ayler's catalog, "Spiritual Unity" is a difficult album, but its aprobably a good place to start-- it shows an artist at the height of his powers. Get this release not the others, its well worth the investment. Recommended.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Moments of brilliance 22 April 2009
By Eric C. Sedensky - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I will start this review with the disclaimer that I am not a big fan of free jazz. There is no sure reason why, but I just don't enjoy free jazz as much as "regular" jazz. That said, this recording has some truly lucid and interesting moments which gives me hope that I will one day understand this music. Ayler is one of the more well-regarded free jazz musicians, probably because his chops are impeccable and his backing band members are only of the highest caliber. (For example, this CD features Gary Peacock, a musician who has been making a name for himself for fifty years or so, playing with such legends as Miles Davis, Keith Jarrett, Bill Evans, and Art Pepper, among others - hard to argue with that pedigree.) In this work, Ayler has put together some fascinating sonic tomes that allow the listener to "read" them, or, in some cases, be read to. The first "Ghosts" sets a placid, but vibrant mood. "The Wizard" then digs into you, until Peacock's bass takes over in "Spirits", a rousingly subtle (or subtley rousing) exploration of mood through intimation. Finally, the second "Ghosts" brings everything back to the start, to allow Albert to again state a clear theme, break it completely apart into a piled up jumble, then put it all back together again, which is also exactly the effect achieved by having the album start and end on the same song. If nothing else, it is intriguing and stimulating. The recording is executed cleanly, and there are a lot of detailed liner notes that unfortunately focus too much on the record company (ESP) and not enough on Ayler, but which I still found educational. Three stars may seem kind of a poor ranking, but actually, I consider it to be three and a half, and quite high for this type of recording. I'm sure any fan of free jazz will love this work and wish they could give it ten stars, but for me, it just isn't something I will go back to very often, at least, not in this stage of my musical education. Still, I recommend this as a good candidate for addition to any jazz music collection, free jazz fan or not.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A correction to even further validate this recording 30 Jan. 2007
By Christopher Costabile - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The reviewer "El Lagarto" may want to note that the release date of John Coltrane's "Ascension," his first proper free jazz album and first major foray into the avant-garde, is June 28, 1965. "Spiritual Unity" precedes that album by approximately a year, and if I am not mistaken, Coltrane cited Ayler as an influence which helped vault him into his late period recordings.

This recording is a masterpiece and must have been a revelation at the time to all with open ears. For an even more complete and brilliant document of Ayler's influential sound and immense presence, check out the Complete Greenwich Village recordings on Impulse! That is all for now.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Eric Thompson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
No joke - this is the single greatest piece of art I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing. When I first listened to this album, I had had some previous exposure to Ayler's playing, so I thought I had a pretty good idea of what to expect. But nothing could have prepared me for those first few otherworldy sounds to escape his horn, which gradually transform into the main melody for the classic composition "Ghosts." When I heard that, I stopped what I was doing and my jaw DROPPED to the floor. "This is it," I thought. "I've FOUND it!"

There are a LOT of ways to listen to this album. Most people who hear it interpret is as a release of aggression and pain, but that really wasn't Alyer's intention. He was simply doing the only thing he COULD do, which was to play directly from his heart and soul without any concern for others' expectations. His playing was HIM. Many musicians have learned from his approach and have accomplished great things, but to this day Ayler's playing remains the strongest and the best.

As for the other two players on this album, drummer Sonny Murray and bassist Gary Peacock, I have only positive things to say as well. The sound that this trio attained stands as one of the greatest achievements in music. I'm not going to even attempt to elaborate on this - just LISTEN (!!!) and you will hear what I mean.

One last thought to close out this review: This is the closest thing to pure love that I have ever experienced through sound alone.

But words are meaningless when it comes to music, so I'll cut the jibber-jabber and let's just LISTEN, shall we?
17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Even an Olympic swimmer might not like the Ocean 29 July 2006
By CG - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This album skipped a few (hundred?) decades and took jazz straight to its logical conclusion. Fast forward several million years, far past our own epoch in this particular cosmic cycle, and you will hear this album playing as the universe dissipates back into its perfectly entropic state.

Don't get me wrong, this is not an album I listen to often. You wouldn't really play it in the car or at a party (unless it's a REALLY good party). This one takes some acclimation...like astronaut camp.

Yeah it's noisy and chaotic, but make no mistake: there is DEFINITELY music here. It's amazing that you can even hear it, let alone that someone actually wrote it, but it's here. Use with caution. This album will liberate your mind and incite a riot in your head, if you let it.
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