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Rake-Star: Some Ra (Spool)

Mining the spaceways with Sun Ra compositions and original compositions, this large band extends the ideas of the Arkestra while making room for modern like-minded players.

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product information:

UPC: 625989414923

Label: Spool
Catalog ID: SPL123
Squidco Product Code: 12699

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2004
Country: Canada
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded live at the Bayou Blues & Jazz Club, Ottawa, April 2003.


David Broscoe-alto saxophone, baritone saxophone, bassoon,clarinet

Petr Cancura-tenor saxophone, clarinet

Rob Frayne-tenor saxophone, flute, clarinet

John Geggie-doublebass

Jennifer Giles-button accordion

Jamie Gullikson-drums, suitcase

John Higney-guitar, lap steel

Rory Magill-trombone, drums

Pierre-Yves Martel-doublebass

Mark Molnar-cello, violin,

Martin Newman-doublebass

Gaby Warren-voice

Shara Weaver-dance

Linsey Wellman-alto sax, flute

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Artist Biographies:

"Pierre-Yves Martel. Born Vanier, Ontario, Canada, 1979. Residence: Montréal, Québec. Composer, Performer (viola da gamba, double bass, objects)

Following a unique artistic path, Pierre-Yves Martel is constantly renewing his musical identity and practice. Though a instrumentalist, he identifies himself first and foremost as a sound artist whose work oscillates between perpetual research and experimentation. It is in this spirit that he has revisited the viola da gamba, utilizing this traditional instrument in new contexts and thus reengaging it with the contemporary world. Having created an authentic musical language through non-conventional techniques and instrumental preparations, he also works outside of instrumental music altogether, using a variety of objects rife with new sonic possibilities, from contact-mics and speakers to motors, wheels, surfaces and textures."

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track listing:

1. Space Is Still The Place, Part 3 4:41

2. Somewhere In Space; Angels And Demons At Play 11:56

3. Ankh; Spectrum 8:30

4. And Of Six 4:19

5. I Dream Too Much 6:12

6. Cobalt; Satellites Are Spinning 5:06

7. Discipline 33 5:32

8. Journey To Rakestar; Love In Outerspace 7:12

9. Don't Do; We Travel The Spaceways 10:21
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"Rake-Star nails the Ra mantra-approach with their huge sound. The band is heavy on the bottom end and the reeds suggest floating in a zone removed from earth's gravitational pull. Even though the listener can't see the dancer, this live recording is reminiscent of a Sun Ra performance filled with theatrical and musical spectacle.

Replication is an artistic no-no when playing the compositions of departed masters. The key is to invigorate the music with integrity. Rake-star demonstrate that they can take the music of a shining star like Sun Ra, apply their own artistic acumen, and come up with...aesthetically high caliber music."-Laurence Svirchev, Coda

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