Space Is the Place
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||Space Is the Place||Sun Ra||21:14||Album Only||View In iTunes|
||Images||Sun Ra||6:16||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Discipline||Sun Ra||4:52||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Sea of Sounds||Sun Ra||7:41||Album Only||View In iTunes|
||Rocket Number Nine||Sun Ra||2:54||$0.99||View In iTunes|
Space Is the Place provides an excellent introduction to Sun Ra's vast and free-form jazz catalog. Typical of many Sun Ra recordings, the program is varied; earthbound songs, like the swing number "Images" and Egyptian exotica piece "Discipline," fit right in with more space-age cuts, like the tumultuous "Sea of Sounds" and the humorous "Rocket Number Nine." Sun Ra fuses many of these styles on the sprawling title cut, as interlocking harmonies, African percussion, manic synthesizer lines, and joyous ensemble blowing all jell into some sort of church revival of the cosmos. Throughout the recording, Sun Ra displays his typically wide-ranging talents on space organ and piano, reed players John Gilmore and Marshall Allen contribute incisive and intense solos, and June Tyson masterfully leads the Space Ethnic Voices on dreamy vocal flights. This is a fine recording and a must for Sun Ra fans.
It should be said that this record isn't for every listener. Similar in concept to records like Ornette Coleman's "Art of Improvisators", Sun Ra's work pushes the limits of free jazz. But records like this paved the way for others to push the limits of what is experimental music. The Mars Volta, Bastard Noise, Can and other groups would have had a hard time being taken seriously and making great music without "Space is the Place," which combines free jazz with a feeling of the day's cold war, sci -fi asthetic.
Mr. E is a Genius
freedom from freedom! beyond the beyond! mythocracy!
I would agree with the reviewer that you have to " be ready" for this style of music. i had a golden opportunity to see him in Philly about 25 years ago. Wow! It's a different taste, but oh so savory.
Born: May 22, 1914 in Birmingham, AL
Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s
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