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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the great jazz albums, but ..., 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars pure free jazz brilliance., 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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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it, 1 Sep 2014
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Excellent.
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