Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Arthur Blythe - Blythe Spirit

Arthur Blythe - Blythe Spirit

All compositions by Arthur Blythe except as indicated

1. Contemplation
2. Faceless Woman
3. Reverence
4. Strike up the Band (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
5. Misty (Johnny Burke, Erroll Garner)
6. Spirits in the Field
7. Just a Closer Walk With Thee (Traditional)

Arthur Blythe - alto saxophone
Abdul Wadud - cello (tracks 1-4, 6)
Kelvyn Bell - guitar (tracks 1-4)
Bob Stewart - tuba (tracks 1-4, 6 -7)
John Hicks - piano (track 5)
Amina Claudine Myers - organ (track 7)
Fred Hopkins - bass (track 5)
Bobby Battle (tracks 1-4), Steve McCall (track 5) - drums

Recorded at CBS Recording Studios, New York, 1981

Columbia ‎– FC 37427, 1981

24/96 LP transfer, V0 mp3 download
Blythe-BlytheSpirit[RPM2014].zip 76.1 MB

24/96 LP transfer, 24/96 FLAC download
Blythe-BlytheSpirit[RPM2014][FLAC].zip 692.8 MB


  1. thanks a lot for this fantastic upgrade, porter_esq!! only had a 192 lossy version.

    what a line-up!! blythe's the man :)


  2. One of the happy recordings in Blythe's career. Thank you for this hi rez rip!

  3. as i see you love mr. black arthur i'll give you a tip-off:
    track down chico freeman's "the unspoken word: live at ronnie scott's" with Julian Joseph,Curtis Lundy,Idris Muhammad.
    chico gives his best buddy his own feature on "MISTY," obvious from the above album a tune mr. blythe held dear for a long time!
    it is BLISS!
    shame it's hidden on someone else's album, but it may be the most wide-ranging and moving solo I ever heard the mics capture of him.
    anyway, cheers!

  4. Thanks so much for this one, porter_esq. I've been a late-comer to Blythe, so I'm pleased to be able to catch up through your transfers. Blythe Spirit, in particular, is just wonderful.