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Sun Song
Sun Ra
Sun Song
Genres: Jazz, Pop
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2003 Japanese K2 24-bit remastered reissue of 1956 album, packaged in a miniature LP sleeve. P-Vine Records.


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All Artists: Sun Ra
Title: Sun Song
Members Wishing: 7
Total Copies: 0
Label: Delmark
Release Date: 9/18/1993
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Styles: Avant Garde & Free Jazz, Swing Jazz
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 038153041120


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2003 Japanese K2 24-bit remastered reissue of 1956 album, packaged in a miniature LP sleeve. P-Vine Records.

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Jazz by Sun Ra, Indeed!
Michael F. Hopkins | Buffalo, NY USA | 05/12/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Recorded in 1956, Sun Ra's first album (here in its entirety)
is a welcome addition to anyone's musical library. Along with
streamlined swingers like "Brainville" or "Future", sly
finger-poppers like "Lullaby For Realville", and speculative
serenades like "New Horizons" or "Sun Song", the Delmark CD
presents the previously-unissued dance call, "Swing A Little
Taste". With its tip to the orchestral romps of Fletcher
Henderson, Tadd Dameron, and Dizzy Gillespie, bearing a
chromatic savoir faire worthy of Duke Ellington himself,
the landmark session is classic Sun Ra, pointing the way
for the instrumental voicings of the next half-century,
and beyond.

Arkestra perennials such as tenor giant John Gilmore and
maverick baritonist Pat Patrick take their place alongside
unsung titans such as the bright, buoyant trumpeter Art
Hoyle. Others, such as the renowned trombonist Julian
Priester, gained fame elsewhere, only to rejoin the fold
decades later. All and more are a treat for the ears.
As for the pianist (who doubles on haunting organ for the
title song), his playing is joyously bright with sobering
skill; always gentle in his fierce determination.

As the Myth-Realist stated in the 1950s, "There is a
great need for America to give all of its creative
artists a chance". A gauntlet in the face of everything
from that period's McCarthyism to current fund-cutting
and other forms of censorship, Ra's words and music
have always held true to this idiomatic creed.

If you've experienced Sun Ra's artistic diversity
over the years, this disc comes as a powerful
addition but no surprise. If, however, you are
among those who dismiss Mr. Mystery as an eerie
noisemaker, I offer you this delightful shock,
an accurate pointer to what this grandmaster
of Jazz has always been about."
Good, But Not Great
Scott McFarland | Manassas, VA United States | 11/07/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Ra fans will want this album. It shows where his head was at circa 1956, and captures the Arkestra at an interesting period where they could swing tight and hard. The sound quality and quality of the playing are both high.It should be noted, though, that the album is still relatively conventional and not as extraordinary as "Super Sonic Jazz" which Ra issued on his own label shortly after this, or the next session for Transition/Delmark now called "Sound of Joy"."
Swingin'!!! w/ Sun Ra???
jive rhapsodist | NYC, NY United States | 06/22/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is - like - the great lost Big Band CD. As has been noted, the influence of the Jazz Greats is everywhere. And at moments it would be possible to mistake this for a Mingus or Tadd Dameron session. But there's always some interesting moment of quirkiness that marks it as pure - but prehistoric - Ra. A quick overview:

1) Brainville: Marvelous use of Pat Patrick's baritone sax. A hypnotic theme that has some of the externals of Duke or Mingus but is relentlessly non-developmental in a way they could never be. Muted trumpet emerges out of the ensemble like pure early Gil Evans (Ella Speed, for example). A shout riff functions as a ritornello, almost hilarious in its purely formal nature. What does it propel? Not much...Julian Priester's boppy trombone is grooving.
2) Call For All Demons - Classic Ra theme - the illegitimate child of Caravan and Horace Silver. John Gilmore w/ demented quasi-Dameronian style comping. Jim Herndon's tympani solo (!!!) the star of the show.
3) Transition - Swinging at its most unswinging swinging-ness.The cowbell on the beat. the electric bass dutifully walking. The baritone dominates the sax section in a way that creates teleological visions of Fela. The generic Clifford/Lee - ism of the hard bop trumpeters is really piquant in the context. And then there's James Scales with his tortured Bird-isms.
4)Possession - A ballad which evokes Glenn Miller's Serenade In Blue - a Chicago favorite. All Gilmore, naturally.
5) A Street Named Hell - Could be the theme from the film of the same name. The tympani is again the star - amazing! That electric bass is so bad it's good.
6) Lullaby for Realville - what a groovy period piece - handclaps and everything. Not a pointed parody like Herbie Nichols' 2300 Skidoo, but cut from the same cloth. Than goodness for the upright bass here. Piano solo is beautifully addlebrained.
7) Future - Ra's piano at its approximate best - somewhere between Billy Strayhorn, Tristano and early Cecil Taylor. A strange place. Great orchestration of the drums - bringing them in and out. A whole psychodrama in 2:54.
8) Swing A Little Taste - Ra Jazz at its Ra Jazziest. The title says it all. So many cliches, all served up with a perfect pince sans rire. Enumerating all of them and their derivations could be an article in itself.(Buster) Keaton-esquely hilarious.
9) New Horizons - an almost conventionally beautiful film noir-y ballad. Could come from David Raskin's score for Joseph H. Lewis' The Big Combo. Goes up - tempo near the end for no discernable reason. Performance is so ragged, but that's part of its beauty.
10) Fall Off The Log -The incipient whole-toniness of some of the tunes doesn't really inform the solo sections as much as I might like. That's a typical transition Swing - to - Bop strategy that dates Sonny a bit. But somehow it's all of a jagged piece.
11) Sun Song - finally at the end the organ raises its lovely grotesque head. Perfect South Side Exotica. Chimes, temple blocks. Was Les Baxter an actual influence? I have no doubt..."