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Sun Ra's highly sought after 1978 small ensemble live recording from Milan, originally released on his Saturn labelt.
 

Sun Ra
Disco 3000

Sun Ra: Disco 3000 (Art Yard)

Label: Art Yard    
Released in: Great Britain    


"In the winter of 1977-8, philosopher, pianist and bandleader Sun Ra was in Italy. The Italian tour resulted in releases on Sun Ra's own Saturn label, all of which have long been out of print and all but impossible to find. With the re-release of DISCO 3000 one of the most celebrated of these elusive Saturn gems is once more available. This release captures a side of Sun Ra's work - small ensemble, close form, original composition, rather minimal - that is otherwise under-represented. Depending heavily on Ra's electric and electronic keyboards (including the mysterious Crumar Mainman - of which even the company has no record) and, more unusually, on his intelligent use of sequencers and rhythm machines, this is an important window on the evolution of Ra's musical thinking, rendered even more transparent by the economy of its means; a quartet comprising only saxophonist John Gilmore, trumpeter Michael Ray and drummer Luqman Ali."-ReR USA



"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)
12/30/2016


24-bit master from the original tapes, with booklet notes by performer Michael Ray




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Product Information:

24-bit master from the original tapes, with booklet notes by performer Michael Ray

UPC: 752725026826

Label: Art Yard
Catalog ID: Art Yard CD 101
Squidco Product Code: 22366

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2007
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded at The Teatro Cilak, in Milan, Italy, on January 23rd, 1978.

Personnel:

Sun Ra-piano, organ, moog synth, rhythm machine, vocals

John Gilmore-tenor sax, drums, vocals

Luqman Ali-drums, vocals

Michael Ray-trumpet, vocals

June Tyson-vocals

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Track Listing:

1. Disco 3000 26:18

2. Third Planet 6:24

3. Friendly Galaxy 1:17

4. Dance Of The Cosmo Aliens 11:04