Sunday, September 26, 2010
Albert Ayler - Spiritual Unity
Albert Ayler was a saxophonist who rose to prominence (or at least cult status) with this album, Spiritual Unity, in 1964.
He carried on with the ideas of both John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman, advancing and exploring different soloing concepts, where timbre played as much of a role as melody or rhythm. His primitive sound definitely helps with this, and he used the stiffest plastic reeds he could find, which add an abrasive quality at times.
An essential piece to the 60's avant garde puzzle.