Ghosts (Albert Ayler album)

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Studio album by Albert Ayler Quartet
Released 1965
Recorded September 14, 1964 in Copenhagen, Denmark
Genre Free jazz
Length 37:35
Label Debut (Denmark) DEB 144
Freedom AL 1000
Producer Ole Vestegaard Jensen
Albert Ayler chronology
New York Eye and Ear Control
(1964)New York Eye and Ear Control1964
The Hilversum Session
(1965)The Hilversum Session1965
Vibrations Cover
Vibrations (Albert Ayler album).jpg

Ghosts is the second album release by American free jazz saxophonist Albert Ayler's quartet featuring Don Cherry, Gary Peacock and Sonny Murray recorded in Copenhagen in 1964 and first released on the Dutch Debut label then later released on the Freedom label as Vibrations.[1][2]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide5/5 stars[4]

The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 3 stars stating "It helps greatly to have open ears to appreciate this music, although Ayler's jams would become a bit more accessible the following year. Recommended".[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Albert Ayler.

  1. "Ghosts (short version)" - 2:08
  2. "Children" - 6:53
  3. "Holy Spirit" - 8:30
  4. "Ghosts (extended version)" - 7:58
  5. "Vibrations" - 5:00
  6. "Mothers" - 7:06



  1. ^ Albert Ayler discography accessed October 28, 2014
  2. ^ Discogs album entry, accessed October 28, 2014
  3. ^ a b Yanow, S., Allmusic Review accessed October 28, 2014
  4. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 16. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.