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Sun Ra: Of Abstract Dreams

Read "Of Abstract Dreams" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Neither Sun Ra's death nor the passing of a quarter of a century since has slowed down the seemingly insatiable appetite for archival recordings of the pianist, composer and poet. In 2014, to mark the centenary of Sun Ra's birth--né Herman Poole Blount--Strut Records and Art Yard issued the 2-CD, career-spanning compilation In The Orbit of ...


Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids: An Angel Fell

Read "An Angel Fell" reviewed by Chris May

In 2016, California-based tenor saxophonist Idris Ackamoor relaunched his 1970s spiritual-jazz band, The Pyramids, and released a corking new album, We Be All Africans (Strut Records). In spring 2018, he has released another outstanding disc with another almost entirely new line-up. The only musician who is held over from We Be All Africans is violinist Sandra ...


Seun Kuti & Egypt 80: Black Times

Read "Black Times" reviewed by Chris May

Seun Kuti's fourth album fronting Egypt 80, the all-conquering Afrobeat band he inherited from his father, Fela Kuti, marks the end of an era--and also supports the maxim that the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Black Times is the first album released by Egypt 80 not to feature saxophonist and ...


Sun Ra And His Arkestra: In The Orbit Of Ra

Read "In The Orbit Of Ra" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello

Nell'anno del centenario della nascita di Sun Ra le iniziative sono state innumerevoli, ma mancava un vero e proprio “Greatest Hits," concetto che in sé sembra certamente piuttosto inadatto (e per certi versi anche antitetico) all'idea musicale dell'indimenticabile pianista e band leader di Saturno, Alabama, ma che risponde comunque a un'esigenza comprensibile.

Il ...