Ribot, Marc / Spiritual Unity
Album: Spiritual Unity   Collection:Jazz
Artist:Ribot, Marc   Added:May 2005
Label:Pi Recordings  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2005-06-05 Pull Date: 2005-08-07 Charts: Jazz
Week Ending: Jul 31 Jul 24 Jul 17 Jul 10 Jul 3 Jun 26 Jun 19 Jun 12
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Recent Airplay
1. Aug 22, 2006: Umami Jazz Program
4. Jul 26, 2005: lick my moody guitar
Truth Is Marching in
2. Apr 11, 2006: Umami Jazz Program
5. Jul 22, 2005: Memory Select
3. Aug 09, 2005: Umami Jazz Program
6. Jul 19, 2005: Lick My Moody Guitar

Album Review
Reviewed 2005-06-07
Marc Ribot – Spiritual Unity

Ribot takes on several Ayler classics along with onetime Ayler bassist Henry Grimes, trumpeter Roy Campbell and Chicago drummer Chad Taylor. Given the body of work of these musicians, it’s not surprising that Ayler’s harsh, explosive tone isn’t present on this disc. What is present is the broad intensity of Ayler’s playing (also not surprising given this lineup). The lack of overblowing also amplifies the playful themes of the tunes, which could be a nice intro to Ayler’s work for those who are put off by the sound of the original recordings. Excellent stuff.

1. Slow, tense start then an improv flurry
2. Wild improv ends with a chipper burst of the theme
3. Stately, restrained intro builds to wild improv
4. Subdued, abstract rumbling
5. Bouncy theme after an abstract start

Ben B 5/25/05

Track Listing
1. Invocation   3. Truth Is Marching in
2. Spirits   4. Saints
  5. Bells