Together for the first time, ESP-Disk is proud to
present all three volumes of The Heliocentric Worlds
of Sun Ra in a gorgeous digipak foldout set. Originally
released as two volumes in 1966, with a third volume
uncovered in 2005, the landmark sessions recorded
by Richard Alderson on April 20 and November 16,
1965 have been hailed as a masterpiece of free jazz.
To further delve into the heliocentric worlds of Sun Ra,
each enhanced disc in the set contains archival photos,
critical writings, and historical videos including the 18-
minute documentary Spaceways.
The Arkestra did use improvisation as their main
compositional tool, but Ra s hand can be glimpsed in
the restrained use of such strange sound combinations.
The Arkestra is certainly exploring, but they are being
guided. And where they end up makes for one of Sun
Ra s best recordings. --All About Jazz
[Sun Ra] wished to re-create the roars and the silences
of the cosmos. And, in Heliocentric Worlds, he forged an
original style intended to do just that. --Slate