Mittwoch, 16. Mai 2018

Sun Ra - The Futuristic Sounds Of Sun Ra (1961)

Sun Ra's only release for the Savoy label is a gem. Recorded in October of 1961, this is probably the first recording the Arkestra made after arriving in New York. As such, you're dealing with a smallish Arkestra (seven main instrumentalists, joined by vocalist Ricky Murray on "China Gate") that's still playing the boppish, highly arranged music characteristic of the Chicago years (1954-1961).

Ra sticks to acoustic piano for the entire session, but various percussion instruments are dispersed throughout the band, giving a slightly exotic flavor to some of the tunes. John Gilmore plays bass clarinet on a couple tunes (as well as some great tenor solos), and Marshall Allen's flute playing is excellent, as always.

This album was produced by Tom Wilson, who also produced the first Sun Ra LP, "Jazz by Sun Ra" (1956) for the Transition label, later reissued by Delmark as "Sun Song" (Wilson later went on to sign the Mothers of Invention to Verve and "electrified" Bob Dylan). With the exception of "The Beginning," all the tunes are very accessible. This is one to play for the mistaken folks who think the Arkestra did nothing but make noise. Excellent.


A1 Bassism
A2 Of Wounds And Something Else
A3 What's That
A4 Where Is Tomorrow
A5 The Beginning
A6 China Gates
Vocals – Ricky Murray

B1 New Day
B2 Tapestry From An Asteroid
B3 Jet Flight
B4 Looking Outward
B5 Space Jazz Reverie

Sun Ra - The Futuristic Sounds Of Sun Ra (1961)
(256 kbps, cover art included)

10 Kommentare:

gimlet hat gesagt…

Is there a problem with the link?

Thanks as ever for all you do. :)

zero hat gesagt…

Sorry, the link was incomplete. Now everything is allright. Greetings!

gimlet hat gesagt…

Thankyou! Danke! Super! :)

alf alfred hat gesagt…

thanks for this. i have and old copy but at 192 so this is much appreciated. cheers, alfred venison

zero hat gesagt…

You are welcome!

Steffen hat gesagt…

Thank you.

Certifiablockhead hat gesagt…

happy to find this link still live...marvelous music, thank you...

zero hat gesagt…

Glad you like it, hope the link will stay alive for some more weeks.

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