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Fate in a Pleasant Mood / When Sun Comes Out
Sun Ra
Fate in a Pleasant Mood / When Sun Comes Out
Genres: Jazz, Pop
 
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Before Sun Ra careened into the jazz avant-garde with his banks of electrickeyboards and highwire group improvisations, he made recordings like *Fatein a Pleasant Mood.* Rich with Ra's persistent astro-mythology, *Fate* is...  more »

      
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All Artists: Sun Ra
Title: Fate in a Pleasant Mood / When Sun Comes Out
Members Wishing: 5
Total Copies: 0
Label: Evidence
Release Date: 11/25/1993
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Styles: Avant Garde & Free Jazz, Swing Jazz
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 730182206821

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Before Sun Ra careened into the jazz avant-garde with his banks of electrickeyboards and highwire group improvisations, he made recordings like *Fatein a Pleasant Mood.* Rich with Ra's persistent astro-mythology, *Fate* is equally rich with an immersion in the history of big band music. The charts played on Fate are as orchestrally complex as anything Duke Ellington wrote, yet they still maintain a clear position on the cusp of the avant-garde. More than anything, changes are the order on Fate, fast runs across difficult melody statements, on-the-fly changes in harmonic aims and rhythmic jumps that illuminate just how completely Sun Ra understood the overlap of jazz traditions as the 1960s approached. --Andrew Bartlett

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Beautiful, Sometimes Chaotic
Scott McFarland | Manassas, VA United States | 10/23/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

""Fate" is a wonderful little record. It consists of tracks recorded at various sessions or rehearsals arranged into a record - because of the quality of the tracks, it demands to be heard. "Space Mates" is a beautiful other-wordly journey complete with dramatic piano solo. "Kingdom of Thunder" is a brilliantly rhythmic piece."When Sun Comes Out" finds Ra working with a wilder band, one that played something akin to 1960's "free jazz", which typically became squawking exercises in audience disenfranchisement intended to reflect or augment the African-American experience. Here, the sound is given a more cosmological context and cut with an exotic ambience. Although I am not that keen on the sound the band lays down here, I like the format they've fit it into and like some of the tracks. Pat Patrick among other players goes really wild on here (Pat played baritone sax). This serves as a good entry point into ra's mid-to-late 60's direction."
A lot of music here- experimental, but accessible
macfawlty | potomac, MD USA | 08/29/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"So many songs for the money. These songs are all quite unique. There is a beautiful subtlety to it. It is not overpowering, but cautious and gentle...so sophisticated. With nearly 30 Sun Ra records, I can highly recommend this one."
Sun Ra's exotica sound...
Joe Anthony (a.k.a. JAG 1) | Massachusetts, USA | 05/26/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Herman "Sonny" Poole Blount a.k.a. Sun Ra was unique as a jazz giant. There was nothing quite like his "Arkestra" and his unorthodox approach to jazz. Sun Ra was the purest kind of guy, a man who lived for his music and was dedicated to world brotherhood. I had the privledge of catching Sun Ra when he came to my city during a jazz festival.

The music on this CD is from the early 1960s when Sun Ra was being influenced by the exotica movement. The influence of Martin Denny can be heard on songs such as "Kingdom of Thunder", "Circle", "Brazillian Sun" and "Nile River". Unlike Denny, however, Sun Ra always makes the music a mystical and true jazz trip.

As Sun Ra branched out through hard bop, exotica, atonal music, Afro-centric music, electronic music and so forth; he remains unique, always reaching for the cosmic tomes.

Over the years, I've acquired many Sun Ra CDs and albums, but this one is my favorite."