Here Comes the Sun Ra

New York Review of Books: “Sun Ra: A True Birthday”

Read Article :

http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/gallery/2013/oct/10/sun-ra-true-birthday/ 

Excerpt:

Sun Ra’s music became most abstract in the 1960s, when he and the Arkestra moved to New York and took up a residency at the East Village club, Slug’s. This is where Amiri Baraka (then LeRoi Jones) encountered the Arkestra. Though initially skeptical, he was won over as soon as he saw the group live. “Sun-Ra,” he wrote in 1966, “wants a music that will reflect a life-sense lost in the West, a music full of Africa.…On one piece the Arkestra moves, behind Sun-Ra, in a long line through the dark, chanting and playing…a totally different epoch is conjured.” Baraka described Ra’s new record for the ESP label, The Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra, as “one of the most beautiful albums I have ever heard,” the product of the “first big band of the New Black Music.”

 

Listen to The Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra Volume 1 (1965):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sH2Kfp7Q7iM

 

 

 

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