‘The marvelous Jazz In Silhouette will surely some day be recognized as one of the most important jazz records since the war.’ (Penguin Guide, which gives it a crown.) LPs from Dol and 180g Saturn facsimile.
Music recorded in Oakland in 1972 for inclusion in the film, but unissued at the time as an album. A definitive exploration of the early 70s Sun Ra songbook.
NYC 1969/70. A mixture of out band tracks featuring fine vocals by June Tyson, and Sun Ra’s inimitable solo Moog synthesizer.
Two studio albums from 1973, though Friendly Love was never released at the time — and Pathways now comes with an unissued track.
Two inspired LPs, bridging the band’s move from Chicago to NYC. Spaceways introduces that great Ra motif, the cosmic chant; the sextet on Bad gives the soloists room to find something new in the standards.
Recorded in 1956-60 and way ahead of their time, these two albums are a good place to start a Sun Ra collection. The Angels And Demons title track is terrific.
Two albums that bridge the Arkestra’s move from Chicago to New York in the early 1960s.
Ra goes back to his roots in this hommage to the big-band sound of Duke Ellington and Fletcher Henderson.
This 1964 experiment is minimal, precise and — even by Ra’s standards — very unusual. Featuring a fabulous tirade from tenor John Gilmore on the title track.
Rooted in the standards, these early tracks include a gorgeous vocal version of Round Midnight by Hatty Randolph. Deep Purple — from 1953, with Stuff Smith on violin — is one of the earliest.
Fantastic culmination of Evidence’s superb re-issue programme — everything from doo-wop to disco 2100 in this compilation of ultra-rare singles.
Two albums from the dawn of the Arkestra sound in late-50s Chicago, when the band started wearing space costumes while playing jazz enriched with gongs and bells.