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He builds a world of abstract dreams
on February 9, 1999
No matter what "Strange Celestial Road" you find yourself traveling, chances are Sun Ra was there first. The legendary bandleader shocked and thrilled audiences with his "outer space" music for decades. On this disk, Sun Ra shows off his piano playing prowess and his absolute mastery of his Arkestra. The title track is deceptive at first, reminding one almost of a pop song at times. But don't get lulled into complacency because the Arkestra will soon send you spinning off this planet. June Tyson delivers Sun Ra's lyrics faithfully but with force. "Where human eyes have never seen/I'll build a world of abstract dreams/I'll wait for you." If you have strongly held opinions about what "is" and what "isn't" jazz or believe music "ought" to be a certain traditional way, this record is likely to infuriate you. If, on the other hand, you enjoy "Traveling/Strange Celestial Roads/Strange Celestial Roads/To endless heaven", you will love this voyage.