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3rd edition of this great live recording of Sun Ra and his Arkestra from 1980 in Switzerland, originally released as a double LP, and remastered for CD in 2010.
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Catalog ID: Hatology698
Squidco Product Code: 12924
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve 3 panels
Recorded live on Sunday February 24, 1980 at Gasthof Mohren, Willisau, Switzerland.
Marshall Allen, John Gilmore, Noel Scott-alto sax, oboe, flute
Danny Thompson-baritone sax, flute
Kenneth Williams-tenor, baritone sax
Michael Ray-trumpet, flugelhorn
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"Sun Ra (born Herman Poole Blount, legal name Le Sony'r Ra; May 22, 1914 - May 30, 1993) was an American jazz composer, bandleader, piano and synthesizer player, poet and philosopher known for his experimental music, "cosmic philosophy", prolific output, and theatrical performances. He was inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame in 1979. For much of his career, Ra led "The Arkestra", an ensemble with an ever-changing name and flexible line-up.
Born and raised in Alabama, Blount would eventually become involved in the 1940s Chicago jazz scene. He soon abandoned his birth name, taking the name Sun Ra (after Ra, the Egyptian God of the Sun) and developing a complex persona and mythology that would make him a pioneer of Afrofuturism: he claimed he was an alien from Saturn on a mission to preach peace, and throughout his life he consistently denied any ties to his prior identity. His widely eclectic and exploratory music would eventually touch on virtually the entire history of jazz, ranging from swing music and bebop to free jazz and fusion, and his compositions ranged from keyboard solos to big bands of over 30 musicians. From the mid-1950s until his death, Ra led the musical collective The Arkestra (which featured artists such as Marshall Allen, John Gilmore, June Tyson throughout its various iterations). Its performances often included dancers and musicians dressed in elaborate, futuristic costumes inspired by ancient Egyptian attire and the space age.
Though his mainstream success was limited, Sun Ra was a prolific recording artist and frequent live performer, and remained both influential and controversial throughout his life for his music and persona. He is now widely considered an innovator; among his distinctions are his pioneering work in free improvisation and modal jazz and his early use of electronic keyboards. Over the course of his career, he recorded dozens of singles and over one hundred full-length albums, comprising well over 1000 songs, and making him one of the most prolific recording artists of the 20th century. Following Sun Ra's death in 1993, the Arkestra continues to perform."-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun_Ra)
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1. Light From A Hidden Sun 3:52
2. Pin-Points Of Spriral Prisms 4:41
3. Silhouettes Of The Shadow World 7:21
4. Cocktails For Two 3:21
5. 'Round Midnight 6:41
6. Lady Bird-Half Nelson 8:00
7. Big John's Special 3:38
8. Yeah Man! 3:25
9. Disguised Gods In Skullduggery Rendez-Vous 9:05
10. Queer Notions 2:44
11. Limehouse Blues 3:44
12. King Porter Stomp 3:32
13. Take The A Train 5:07
14. Lightnin' 2:43
15. A Hello-Hello! And Goodbye Too! 3:11
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A great live recording of Sun Ra and his Arkestra from 1980 in Switzerland, originally released as a double LP, and remastered for CD in 2010 (two pieces have been excluded from the original LP release). The concert featured a ten piece ensemble playing a mix of originals, standards and modern jazz compositions, including pieces Thelonius Monk, Miles Davis/Tad Dameron, Coleman Hawkins, Billy Strayhorn, and Duke Ellington. This is a good example of later Sun Ra configurations, with Sun Ra still in his prime and the Arkestra, under the influence of Marshall Allen and John Gilmore, in excellent form.
"Sun Ra & the Arkestra live in Willisau, Switzerland... In addition to diverse and generally adventurous originals by Ra, the ensemble performs ragged and eccentric versions of such 1930s pieces as "'Big John's Special," "Yeah Man," "Queer Notions," "Limehouse Blues," and "King Porter Stomp." For the remainder of his life, Sun Ra would alternate between reinventions of swing tunes and his outer space originals... this was one of the better examples of his late-period band."-Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
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