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Spiritual Unity

by Albert Ayler

On July 10th, of 1964, Albert Ayler went into the studio to record his first album and first release for the then new ESP-Disk label. Rated one the top 100 jazz albums of all time by Down Beat, this is a great start for the new Albert Ayler listener.
Genre: Jazz: Free Jazz
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1. Ghosts: first variation
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5:12 album only
2. The Wizard
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7:20 album only
3. Spirits
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6:46 album only
4. Ghosts: second variation
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ESP\'s first recording session was on July 10, 1964, in the tiny Variety Arts Recording Studio, just off Times Square. Just before 1 PM, SUNNY MURRAY arrived, a large, genial walrus, moving and speaking with an easy agility that belied his appearance. GARY PEACOCK was next, tall, thin, ascetic looking, and soft spoken, with an introspective and kindly demeanor. ALBERT AYLER was last, small, wary and laconic. The walls of the reception area were covered with Latin album jackets. The engineer quickly set up the mikes and began the session. B sat outside in the reception area with Annette Peacock, Gary\'s wife. As the music was heard through the open outer door of the control room, felt a sense of jubilation. At one point, the engineer fled the control room for a few minutes, but returned in time to change the tape for the next selection. When the session was over, B learned that it had been recorded in monaural, although he remembered requesting a stereo recording. Happily, the engineer Joe had properly miked and mixed the session, and the recording stands today as a classic of the genre. After the session, the participants sat in a coffee shop next door, while they were paid and signed recording agreements. A few days later, B saw them off on their flight to Europe from Idlewild International Airport for a European tour. DON CHERRY was with them.

Albert Ayler-saxophone
Gary Peacock-bass
Sunny Murray-percussion


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Chris Monsen

Spiritual music
You don't have to share Ayler's religious views in order to share the immense spiritual feeling of this amazing classic. Peacock's booming basslines send the songs flying, Murray's drums skitter all over, while Ayler wails beautiful melodies as well as soulful shrieks. One of the finest fre jazz recordings ever made.