Sunday, 29 June 2008

Sun Ra Arkestra - It's After The End of The World

Well, HERE's my first post (also HERE). Big thanks to all those who came before and will come after. Enjoy!

256-320 LAME VBR mp3
Vinyl Rip & scans from MPS/BASF 20748

Here's a review from All About Jazz by Laurence Donohue-Greene:
Recorded live at the Donaueschingen Music and Berlin Festivals in 1970, this gem ideally captures Sun Ra and His Intergalactic (Research) Arkestra at its most otherworldly self. Individual and collective sounds reach for ears at times beyond human comprehension. The 21-member Arkestra is anchored by its leader captaining keyboards of various frequencies of inter-planetary communication and fresh audible sensations—from his Farfisa organ, “roc-si-chord,” “spacemaster,” Mini- Moog synthesizer, Hohner clavinet and electra, to acoustic piano. Soundscapes vary from Twilight Zone-ish scores (the Moog-heavy “Out in Space”) to African ritualistic percussive escapades (“Watusi”).

Ceremoniously opening with June Tyson’s heavily breathed words spoken as if serenaded from a tropical bird—“dream,” “blackness,” and lastly “a world” swirl into the rumbling and gathering of percussion, brass, and reeds. Flutes, oboe, and a modified bassoon (with a French horn mouthpiece!) performed by Leroy Taylor (aka Elo Omoe) create a modern classical orchestral atmosphere before the swinging beats of drums and trumpet-like scorching alto sax lines carry the momentum elsewhere.

A bass-driven piano introduces dozens of different meters performed on drums and percussion instruments of all shapes and sizes over the Egyptian march of “Watusi.” A near twenty-minute suite culminates in the closing “Duos,” featuring the avant alto sax vocabulary of Marshall Allen and Danny Davis followed by the burly baritone dialogue of Pat Patrick and Danny Thompson. One of the singular and unfortunate drawbacks are several abridged versions either subtly fading into segments or, as with “Duos,” more abruptly. Nonetheless, such a recording as this offers the next best thing to but a sampling of what it must have been like to experience the path that Ra offered his listeners in a live concert, perhaps the most uninhibited platform for his musical message.

You can find out more about MPS records on the new Magic Purple Sunshine blog begun by the intrepid ish from Ile Oxumare.


Reza said...

thanks cheeba , good luck with the new blog
will post a link to you :)

cheeba said...

thanks team reza! it was you who coaxed me to finally jump on the pool, so I appreciate the support!

Gianni said...

just discovered your blog: it's fantastic.
thanks for all your passion!

Anonymous said...

Excellent, superb work, my friend!!!
Really amazing blog!!!

Not just a dowloading link...!

Thanks a lot!!!


taro nombei said...

delving down into the vaults here and striking some gold ;-)
hell of a fine blog you've been running here, Cheeba — right from the get-go!
best from over here...

Dee said...

Thanks a lot!