Spirit Sensitive

Spirit Sensitive is a hard-bop jazz album by Chico Freeman on India Navigation Records IN 1045.[3]

Spirit Sensitive
Studio album by
RecordedOct 1978-Jan 1979
LabelIndia Navigation
ProducerIndia Navigation
Chico Freeman chronology
The Outside Within
Spirit Sensitive
No Time Left
Professional ratings
Review scores
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide[2]

The LP, in contrast to many of his more avant-garde recordings of the same time frame, is a set that consists of jazz standards.


Jazz critic Scott Yanow wrote: “…a change of pace for Freeman, for it features the usually adventurous tenor (who doubles on soprano) mostly playing warm versions of standards.”[4] The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide called it an "exquisite ballad album... where Freeman blows standards with more invention and conviction than most old-timers"[2]

Track listing

  1. "Autumn in New York" (Vernon Duke) – 11:28
  2. "Peace" (Horace Silver)– 7:53
  3. "A Child Is Born" (Thad Jones) – 9:56
  4. "It Never Entered My Mind" (Rodgers and Hart) – 11:04
  5. "Close to You Alone" – (Cecil McBee)
  6. "Don't Get Around Much Anymore " – (Duke Ellington, Bob Russell)


An audio CD of the album was released on September 5, 1994, by Analogue Productions, with four bonus tracks, two of them written by John Coltrane (“Lonnie’s Lament” and “Wise One”) and a running time of 63:18.[5] In 1994, there was also a U.S. limited edition audiophile 6-track LP pressed on HQ-180 super vinyl.



  • India Navigation
  • Cover and liner photos: Beth Cummins


  1. Scott Yanow. "Spirit Sensitive - Chico Freeman | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-02-09.
  2. Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 80. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  3. India Navigation LP, IN-1045
  4. All Music Guide to Jazz –ISBN 0-87930-530-4
  5. "Record Reviews, Streaming Songs, Genres & Bands". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-02-09.
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