Spirits Rejoice

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Spirits Rejoice
Spirits Rejoice.jpg
Live album by
RecordedSeptember 23, 1965 at Judson Hall, NYC
GenreFree jazz
LabelESP-Disk ESP 1020
Albert Ayler chronology
Spirits Rejoice
Albert Ayler Quintet At Slug's Saloon, Vol. 1

Spirits Rejoice is a live album by American free jazz saxophonist Albert Ayler recorded in New York City in 1965 and first released on the ESP-Disk label.[1][2]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide5/5 stars[4]

The Allmusic review by Steve Huey awarded the album 4½ stars, stating: "For all its apparent chaos, Spirits Rejoice is often surprisingly pre-arranged -- witness all the careening harmony passages that accompany the theme statements, and the seamless transitions of the title track. Spirits Rejoice is proof that there was an underlying logic even to Ayler's most extreme moments, and that's why it remains a tremendously inspiring recording".[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Albert Ayler

  1. "Spirits Rejoice" - 11:41
  2. "Holy Family" - 2:11
  3. "D. C." - 8:00
  4. "Angels" - 5:30
  5. "Prophet" - 5:36



  1. ^ Albert Ayler discography accessed October 29, 2014
  2. ^ Albert Ayler sessionography, accessed October 29, 2014
  3. ^ a b Huey, S., Allmusic Review, accessed October 29, 2014.
  4. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 16. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.