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Image: 1609407 Three weeks before this trio recorded ESP-Disk's first jazz album, the epochal Spiritual Unity, it was captured "live" by Canadian poet Paul Haines (who also recorded the New York Eye and Ear soundtrack. This is one of the most influential groups in jazz history, a coming together of like-minded innovators who would be considered crucial influences by succeeding generations.

Track Listing:
Side A:
1. Spirits 7:15
2. Wizard 8:00
Side B:
1. Ghosts: First Variation 10:00
2. Prophecy 6:35
3. Ghosts: Second Variation 7:40

Credits:
Albert Ayler: tenor saxophone
Gary Peacock: bass
Sunny Murray: drums

Recorded in concert at the Cellar Cafe, NYC, June 14, 1964.
Engineer: Paul Haines

Overview:
Three weeks before this trio recorded ESP-Disk's first jazz album, the epochal Spiritual Unity, it was captured "live" by
Canadian poet Paul Haines (who also recorded the New York Eye and Ear soundtrack [ESP1016]). This is one of the most
influential groups in jazz history, a coming together of like-minded innovators who would be considered crucial
influences by succeeding generations, so there is no question of the immense value of this material. Yoked, in the CD
era, to the one-sided LP Bells, made with a different band in a very different style a year later, it is perhaps best
appreciated on its own.
Press Quotes:
4-1/2 stars – All Music Guide
"... contains excellent trio versions of several of Ayler's signature tunes. The ripping take on "Ghosts (First Variation)"
finds Ayler in heavy honk mode as he sandwiches eight minutes of furious double-time runs between statements of the
uplifting, childlike theme. "The Wizard" and "Prophecy" are excellent demonstrations of the band's ability to chip away
at a lovely tune until the ground is clear for playful collective improvisation. Throughout this date Ayler's playing has a
lumbering gravity that contrasts with the rhythm section, drummer Sunny Murray works with a speedy but delicate
touch and bassist Gary Peacock takes a careful, restrained approach. The resulting tension, applied to a strong selection
of Ayler compositions, shows this key trio at its best." – Mark Richardson, Pitchfork.com Available from 02.06.2017
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