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Drawn from 3 classic 70's Sun Ra records, these quartet settings mix Sun Ra's electronics with great rhythmic and instrumental jazz, visionary and still futuristic music.

Sun Ra
Media Dreams

Sun Ra: Media Dreams (Art Yard)
Label: Art Yard    
Released in: Great Britain    

"Companion to Disco 3000, made on the same classic Italian quartet tour with John Gilmore, Michael Ray (trumpet) and the minimal but perfect Luqman Ali (drums). Ra himself plays piano and electronic keyboards, including the mysterious Crumar Mainman, which Ra describes as 'like a piano, organ, clavichord, cello, violin and brass instruments' and which also, importantly, has a facility for pre-programmed bass-lines and electronic percussion - which Ra uses constantly and to great effect in this small ensemble setting - and seldom, if ever, elsewhere.

The best of this collection (most of CD1) is luminous: very electronic, often rhythmical and melodic, always economical and making every sound count. These tracks are like no other jazz ensemble and, although recognisable as Ra - who else could think of, and then get away with, this - unlike any other Ra ensemble either. Ra makes the machines do amazing, visionary, things while the band exercises restraint, remaining always in focus. Between, there are piano, saxophone, trumpet and drum vignettes, fresh and perfectly judged; this really was a fine band.

This places the original vinyl release (and related releases: Sound Mirror and Disco 300) back into the context of the concerts from which they were drawn. An important addition to the Sun Ra canon since it is a rare document of an unusual Ra project that produced three classic late '70s LPs. Beautifully packaged and well annotated."-Recommended Records

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Product Information:

UPC: 752725024228

Label: Art Yard
Catalog ID: ReR AYCD 002
Squidco Product Code: 9643

Format: 2 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2008
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Digipack Double CD

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

John Gilmore-tenor sax, drums, vocals

Luqman Ali-drums, vocals

Michael Ray-trumpet, vocals

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Track Listing:

Disc 1

1. Saturn Research 3:04

2. Constellation 13:30

3. Year Of The Sun 4:37

4. Media Dreams 13:39

5. Twigs At Twilight 7:23

6. An Unknown Love 4:42

Disc 2

1. Friendly Galaxy 8:07

2. An Unbeknowneth Love 5:47

3. Of Other Tomorrows Never Known 8:10

4. Images 13:42

5. The Truth ABout Planet Earth 6:58

6. Space Is The Place 3:45

7. The Shadow World 2:48