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by Lyn Horton
Ronnie Boykins, who died in 1980, was the bassist of the original Sun Ra Arkestra. According to author/photographer Valerie Wilmer, he was a key player and inspired the formation of much of the Arkestra's music. Trained by Sun Ra to think in terms of tones instead of notes (according to Ra's biographer, John Swzed), Boykins' music echoes the Arkestra sensibility, evident in the re-release of the original 1975 The Will Come, Is Now.
Boykins is both leader and composer on ...read more
by Jerry D'Souza
Ronnie Boykins is probably best known for being a member of the Sun Ra Arkestra. During that time, the Arkestra made some of its best recordings and Boykins was an integral part of the equation. He integrated his relationship with Sun Ra to gear the forward movement of the music. In his individual contributions on the bass he gave the instrument an underlying voice in developing the thematic concept through his choice of notes, the use of arco and his ...read more
by Raul d'Gama Rose
For Ronnie Boykins, Sun Ra's bassist, The Will Come, Is Now brings to a close a remarkable sojourn that stretched from his galactic showcasing with the Arkestra at the Judson Hall performances of 1964 to an intellectual deconstruction of bebop. During the years that followed, Boykins appeared with Sam Rivers and was also heard at Ornette Coleman's loft. And on this record, Boykins journeys through the Heliocentric worlds back to his Afro-centric soul at the helm of a fine ensemble ...read more