Release Date: 25 September 2015
Format: LP Vinyl
|Albert Ayler Trio Spiritual Unity Limited Vinyl LP
Spiritual Unity, recorded on July 10, 1964, is the album that made Albert Ayler and ESP-≠‐;;Disk' famous (or, in some peopleís eyes/ears, infamous). Mr. Ayler had already recorded in Europe and, in February í64, in New York, but this was the first album where neither he nor his collaborators held back. It was also ESP's first jazz recording. Spiritual Unity presented a new improvisation paradigm: looser structure, less regard for standard pitch, and no obligation to present a regular beat. Aylerís sound was unprecedented, much rawer than any other jazz of the time. Sometimes it was expressed in squalls of untempered sound, sometimes in outbursts of poignant spontaneous melody. Meanwhile, under and around the leaderís unfettered self-≠‐;;expressions, bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Sunny Murray reinvented the roles of their instruments. The 50th Anniversary Expanded Edition includes as a bonus the track briefly substituted for "Spirits" on an early vinyl edition. It is the same tune known as "Vibrations" on the album of that title on Arista/Freedom (AKA Ghosts when issued on Debut) and as "[tune Q]2" on the Revenant box set Holy Ghost. It will be the first time both "Spirits" and "Vibrations" have been on an ESP edition of Spiritual Unity.
1. Ghosts: First Variation
2. The Wizard
4. Ghosts: Second Variation