Albert Ayler: Spirits (2005)
An obvious point of contention in discussing Spirits comes with trumpeter Norman Howard. Ayler's old friend from Cleveland is musically out of place on this album, with an odd, shearing, messy sound jamming the group's communications. To his credit, he's trying different things. But his labors bear few fruits, and in context with Ayler's already impressive acrobatics, they sound clumsy. The tunes are still searching for a proper vernacular, as well; they're shy and rough around the edges. True Ayler diehards will undoubtedly gobble this recording up, but those in search of quality best look elsewhere.
Track Listing: Spirits; Witches and Devils; Holy, Holy; Saints.
Personnel: Albert Ayler: tenor saxophone; Norman Howard: trumpet; Henry Grimes, Earle Henderson: bass; Sunny Murray: drums.
Record Label: Breathless
Style: Modern Jazz