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SUN RA ARKESTRA
New York 1992 [no label, 1CD]
Live at Sounds Of Brazil (S.O.B.’s), New York City; October 21, 1992. Very good audience recording.
It is very tough collecting live Sun Ra recordings. Not only is the composer/bandleader and piano and synthesizer player a prolific performer, his recordings are spread far and wide.
According to the wikipedia, even after a stroke in 1990, Sun Ra kept composing, performing, and leading the Arkestra. Eventually, Sun Ra grew too ill to perform and tour; contracted pneumonia and died in Birmingham on May 30, 1993.
To call Sun Ra eclectic may only be part of the story. In his later years, he opened for Sonic Youth and, after his death, the Arkestra, following the direction Sun Ra set, teamed up with Yo La Tengo. According to a 1989 presskit: For Sun Ra… it has never been a matter of mere oddness. When he talks of his Saturnian origins, of observing the planets and travelling the spaceways, and of “going into space”, it is really a lavishly elaborated metaphor, or so it seems to those who are not aware of the spiritual side of things. Sun Ra’s music transcends earthbound limitations by riding the flights of imagination, and his message is that all of us are free to ride those flights with him if we have the precision and discipline to do so.
And to listen to Sun Ra is to free our mind. The track Space Aura may have a New Orleans swing but it is also a dynamic free jazz workout; and who would have thought that in the middle of Discipline 27-II, there would be a call-and-response segment, with rhythms to boot, that reminds one of Washington’s Go-Go Funk.
This show is Sun Ra’s last gig, but whether the musician felt it was his last gig was another matter. Either way, he went down fighting.
Thanks to COSMOSRA for sharing the tracks on Dime.
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Track 01. Space Aura 28:03 (47.1MB)
Track 02. Spontaneous Simplicity 9:06 (14.5MB)
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Track 03. Discipline 27-II 12:57 (20.7MB)
Track 04. Sunset On The Nile 12:40 (20.3MB)
Track 05. Theme Of The Stargazers-We Travel The Spaceways 9:37 (15.4MB)
Sun Ra (p, syn)
Craig Haynes (d)
other personnel unidentified
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