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Sun Ra Arkestra Under the Direction of Marshall Allen: Babylon

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If the recording Babylon is any indication, the second century of Sun Ra's music will be as entertaining as the first hundred years. Recorded live at Istanbul's Babylon Club in 2014, the full effect of Sun Ra's Arkestra is captured in all its glory with this CD and bonus DVD recording. The Arkestra has been under the direction of nonagenarian Marshall Allen since Sun Ra's death in 1993. Allen, an alto saxophonist and sideman to Ra since the ...

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Sun Ra Arkestra at the Victoria Theater

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Sun Ra Arkestra Victoria TheaterSan Francisco, CAAugust 3, 2013A line of jazz fans snaked around the block from the front of the iconic Victoria Theater, centrally located on 16th Street in the heart of San Francisco's Mission District, halfway down Capp Street. The crowd spanned age, gender and race; the buzz remained palpable despite the fact that the parents the majority of ticket holders would not have even met all those decades ago when the ...

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Sun Ra Arkestra: Live At The Paradox

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Few groups have travelled as far--cosmically and musically--as the Sun Ra Arkestra. While Ra's Saturnian schtick brought him great attention and notoriety, his music goes well beyond that one area. The roots of swing, bop-leaning sounds, extra-terrestrial experimentalism and free jazz of the most ferocious kind are all part of Ra's repertoire. Ra departed planet Earth in 1993, but the Arkestra soldiered on under the direction of longtime saxophonist John Gilmore. When Gilmore passed away in 1995, ...

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Sun Ra: Sun Ra Featuring Pharoah Sanders & Black Harold

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Sun Ra featuring Pharoah Sanders & Black Harold is a near mythical document of the astral traveling Arkestra. There are two reasons for this. Firstly, this recording came a year before the now historic and certainly definitive Arkestra records, Heliocentric Worlds Vol. 1 & 2 (ESP, 1965) and Magic City (Saturn, 1965) that came hot on the heels of the ESP release. Secondly, the recording feature 45 minutes of unreleased material pertaining to a breathtaking concert presented by the Jazz ...

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Sun Ra Arkestra + DKT/MC5 in London

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Royal Festival Hall London UK25 February 2005The Sun Ra Arkestra take the stage in glittering costumes and outlandish headgear, looking like the house band at a particularly wild Star Trek convention and sounding like nothing else on earth - or indeed on Saturn. Since Sun Ra's death in 1993, the patented mixture of swampy big-band and riotous free jazz has been presided over by saxophonist Marhall Allen, who launches tonight's proceedings with a squealing solo. Taken as a ...

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Sun Ra Arkestra: Music for the 21st Century: Live at the Uncool Festival

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Under the capable and deft hand of Marshall Allen, the Sun Ra Arkestra, against all odds, continues to tour and record. The band sounds as good as ever, the costumes and stage antics are still good clean fun, and most Earthlings still haven’t caught up. The Arkestra, an effective mix of elder members and relative newcomers, mines the exhaustive, almost Ellingtonian output of music composed by Sonny Blount (Sun Ra) himself, extending the repertoire with works by ...

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Sun Ra Arkestra: It's After The End of The World

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Recorded live at the Donaueschingen Music and Berlin Festivals in 1970, this gem ideally captures Sun Ra and His Intergalactic (Research) Arkestra at its most otherworldly self. Individual and collective sounds reach for ears at times beyond human comprehension. The 21-member Arkestra is anchored by its leader captaining keyboards of various frequencies of inter-planetary communication and fresh audible sensations—from his Farfisa organ, “roc-si-chord,” “spacemaster,” Mini- Moog synthesizer, Hohner clavinet and electra, to acoustic piano. Soundscapes vary from Twilight Zone-ish scores ...

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Sun Ra Arkestra: Music From Tomorrow's World

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All of the material on Music From Tomorrow's World, recorded by Sun Ra in Chicago in 1960, is brand new to wax. The first half of the disc, Live At The Wonder Inn , begins with three Ra compositions, the first two featuring the lovely flutes of Marshall Allen and George Hudson (uncredited) over a tranquil, forward moving groove. As one might expect, John Gilmore is present and his fans should be thrilled with his engaging solo on “Space Aura” ...

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Sun Ra Arkestra Directed by Marshall Allen at MECA

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Sun Ra Arksesta Directed by Marshall Allen MECA Houston, TX November 15, 1999 Curator David Dove continued his quest to expose Houston audiences to world class improvising artists by presenting the Sun Ra Arkestra under the direction of Marshall Allen. The band worked its magic on November 17, 1999, at MECA (Multicultural Education & Counseling Through the Arts), a community center that provides a platform for exposing students to multiple art forms such as ...