The Futuristic Sounds Of Sun Ra

September 22, 2009 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: September 22, 2009
  • Release Date: September 22, 2009
  • Label: Savoy Jazz
  • Copyright: (C) 2009 SLG, LLC
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  • Total Length: 41:21
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  • ASIN: B002PGEKK8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,532 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 15, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Great starter CD for those unfamiliar with Sun Ra. This is the link between Sun Ra's familiar jazz roots and his explorations into rhythms and textures. Get it, you won't regret it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark D. Shook on July 1, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Although I've admittedly only heard a handful of Sun Ra's records (and it is quite a discography to sink your teeth into), this is by far my favorite, and probably would be one of my top-10 desert island picks.

Stylistically there's so much going on in this record. Obviously swing, bop, and free-jazz elements are ever present, but there are also hints of Latin, World, and even 20th century chamber music heard here. There's even a close to traditional-sounding ballad, "Tapestry From An Asteroid", and a standard (of sorts), "China Gates," as made famous by Nat King Cole from the movie of the same name.

I think the music perfectly matches the outerspace/mythological imagery that Sun's band was projecting. At certain points, you can't imagine that the sounds you're hearing could be made by earthlings.

I would definitely recommend "Futuristic Sounds Of Sun Ra" as a starting point for someone wanting to get into his music. I can't say enough good things about it.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By eRgO on March 23, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is my first Sun Ra record, not to mention of the few jazz records I have ever bought, so I'm hardly an afficionado. But I must say that the grooves and melodies contained within this record are surprisingly modern-sounding, and remind me at times of bands such as Stereolab. What's also surprising is that most of these songs are less than 5 minutes, but are all the more memorable for it.
"Bassism" is a great opener. It starts out in a very "traditional" vein, with a jumpy horn line that is then interrupted by a short flute burst, and then the song breaks down into a funkier groove, reminding me very much of the music that would do well in a "Swingers" type movie. And it all feels like it was written for today, not 40 years ago.
From there, the album continues along the same road until "The Beginning," which is sparse and experimental-sounding. I can only assume that people might have been taken aback by this in 1961. "New Day" is very sparse and percussion-focused, and features an otherworldly flute solo.
"Tapestry from an Asteroid" is a very moving piece, and one can see the significance of its title. It has a real slow groove and melody, which sounds like music you might hear in a Humphrey Bogart movie, only there is something strangely subversive about it.
That really sums up this album: it's traditional elements are used successfully as a springboard to create a very futuristic atmosphere -- a good blend of the familiar and the unfamiliar.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sycck1 on February 6, 2012
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First, the remastering on this sounds amazing! You would never guess it was recorded 50 years ago. This is the only Sun Ra LP ever issued by the Savoy label, and it stays in focus better than many of them. Lead-off track "Bassism" is a quiet, almost chamber jazz opener that doesn't quite prepare you for what's next. Track 2, "Of sounds and something else" is much more busy, with lots of players contributing unexpected twists and turns of melody lines, chords, and tempi. It is clear Sunny was a genius at arranging (he wrote charts for Fletcher Henderson in the 40s). Bass clarinet, flute, piano, exotic percussion in places, this album is an adventure. Make sure you do a little research before buying a Sun Ra album, as many of them have very poor sound quality. He released hundreds of live recordings on his own Saturn label with the sound quality ranging from bad to terrible, and they often have incomplete or totally incorrect information about personnel and recording dates. Also, he has recorded for dozens of labels, so there are scores of rereleases, with varying sound quality. But get this one if you want a great introduction to early Sunny as well as a taste of what was to come.
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