Blythe Spirit

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Blythe Spirit
Blythe Spirit.jpg
Studio album by Arthur Blythe
Released 1981
Recorded 1981
Genre Jazz
Label Columbia
Producer Jim Fishel & Arthur Blythe
Arthur Blythe chronology
Blythe Spirit

Blythe Spirit is jazz saxophonist Arthur Blythe's fourth album for the Columbia label recorded in New York City in 1981.[1]


The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 3 stars and states "This is one of the most well-rounded Arthur Blythe records from his Columbia period... a fairly definitive Arthur Blythe recording, showing off his links to hard bop, r&b and the avant-garde".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 3/5 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Arthur Blythe except as indicated
  1. "Contemplation" - 6:54
  2. "Faceless Woman" - 6:41
  3. "Reverence" - 6:25
  4. "Strike up the Band" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) - 2:44
  5. "Misty" (Johnny Burke, Erroll Garner) - 7:24
  6. "Spirits in the Field" - 3:29
  7. "Just a Closer Walk With Thee" (Traditional) - 5:25
    • Recorded at CBS Recording Studios, New York



  1. ^ Discogs Album Entry accessed July 19, 2010
  2. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed July 19, 2010
  3. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 27. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.