Spiritual Unity

Albert Ayler - Spiritual Unity
Critic Score
Based on 2 reviews
1964 Ratings: #2 / 31
User Score
Based on 67 ratings
1964 Ratings: #8
Liked by 5 people
July 10, 1964 / Release Date
LP / Format
ESP-Disk / Label
Jazz, Free Jazz / Genres
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The History of the Albums – n°268

Today we will travel through an important chapter in the history of jazz, with one of the most atypical and controversial figures of the avant-garde period of the 1960s. It is a very special dossier, which denotes precisely the specimen we are going to study. It's not necessarily a name that the general public knows, but Albert Ayler was able to impose his brand with strong choices, which probably became more pronounced with the influence he had and ... read more
I am certain this was released in 1965 and record on July 10th 1964.

Anyway, ALbert Ayler most iconic work and really the only body of work which is widely remember, Spiritual unity, fitting title as i feel united with my spirit after hearing this album. It is often an album which i found frustrating but enjoyable at the same time as it not only forced me to pay attention closely but because if i didn't i felt lost within the record. It is ultimately a record when i sit down and immerse myself ... read more
To fully reap the benefits of this piece of music, one must be in the right mindset and setting. One must completely focus on the music and become immersed within it. This is not background music, but rather frontground music, an album that if played as background music will instantly be regarded as obnoxious and irritating. Spiritual Unity is not enjoyable per se, but is an experience. It is music for people who appreciate all-things sonically extreme and challenging. I must also say that it ... read more
im not someone who hates chaos and noise, i revel in it. that said, ive never been able to get on board with the most chaotic and loud players in the free jazz field (olatunji, arashi, even ascension to a lesser extent) mostly bc i always felt i had no idea what they were trying to achieve. it feels like that sort of free jazz is trying so hard to have a personality it ends up having none at all in a genre that is capable of using instruments to bring out all sorts of personalities and ... read more
Be free, Jazz!

Wait. Actually. Not this free.
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Track List

  1. Ghosts: First Variation
  2. The Wizard
  3. Spirits
  4. Ghosts: Second Variation
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Added on: February 22, 2015