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John Gilmore

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Gilmore grew up in Chicago and played clarinet from the age of 14. [1] He took up the tenor saxophone while serving in the United States Air Force from 1948-1952, then pursued a musical career, playing briefly with pianist Earl Hines before encountering Sun Ra in 1953. For the next four decades, Gilmore recorded and performed almost exclusively with Sun Ra. This was puzzling to some, who noted Gilmore's talent, and thought he could be a major star like John Coltrane or Sonny Rollins. Coltrane, in fact, was impressed with Gilmore's playing, and took informal lessons from him in the late 1950's

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Article: Live Review

Sun Ra Arkestra at Great American Music Hall

Read "Sun Ra Arkestra at Great American Music Hall" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser


Sun Ra Arkestra SFJAZZ Center San Francisco, California February 6-8, 2024 Over the decades, music venues in jny: San Francisco have come and gone, but one constant remains: Great American Music Hall. A house of ill repute when it first opened in 1907, the building has gone through several transitions as ...

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Space Is The Place (Music From The Original Soundtrack)

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2023
Track listing: It's After The End Of The World; Under Different Stars; Discipline 33; Watusa; Calling Planet Earth; I Am The Alter-Destiny; Satellites Are Spinning; Cosmic Forces; Outer Spaceways Incorporated; We Travel The Spaceways; The Overseer; Blackman / Love In Outer Space; Mysterious Crystal; I Am The Brother Of The Wind; We'll Wait For You; Space Is The Place; The Mathematics Of The Altered Destiny; Listen Intently To The Things I Do Not Say; Creation Is Fabrication; My World Is The Space Way; The Idea Of The Greater Age.

Article: Album Review

Andrew Hill: Point of Departure to Compulsion!!!!! Revisited

Read "Point of Departure to Compulsion!!!!! Revisited" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro


Point of Departure di Andrew Hill, inciso nel marzo 1964 e pubblicato dalla Blue Note una manciata di mesi dopo, è uno degli album di culto di quello che viene definito appunto Blue Note Style, ciò che la gloriosa etichetta fondata un quarto di secolo prima da Alfred Lion e Francis Wolff seppe brillantemente “illustrare" in ...

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Article: Live Review

Sun Ra Arkestra at SFJAZZ Center

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Sun Ra Arkestra SFJAZZ Center Summer Season San Francisco July 18-21, 2023 Though on the surface, Dead & Company and the Sun Ra Arkestra--the first a Grateful Dead offshoot focusing on rock tunes featuring extended jams, the other an avant-garde jazz ensemble that remains ahead of its time--might seem really ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Small Group Dates from Big Band Leaders: Sun Ra & Duke Ellington

Read "Small Group Dates from Big Band Leaders: Sun Ra & Duke Ellington" reviewed by David Brown


Welcome friends and neighbors to The Jazz Continuum. Old, new, in, out... wherever the music takes us. Each week, we will explore the elements of jazz and creative music from a historical perspective. In this week's show we take a listen to some small group works from big band leaders Sun Ra and Duke Ellington. And ...

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Article: Big Band in the Sky

George Russell Remembered

Read "George Russell Remembered" reviewed by Duncan Heining


How is it that one of the most significant figures in modern jazz is so often overlooked when histories of the music are written? And how come one of its most important composers is not immediately acknowledged when jazz is discussed? Therein hang a number of tangled tales. The centenary of composer, musician, bandleader, ...

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Article: Album Review

Sun Ra & His Intergalactic Solar Arkestra: Space Is The Place (Music From The Original Soundtrack)

Read "Space Is The Place (Music From The Original Soundtrack)" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Do not expect The Criterion Collection to reissue the 1974 film Space Is The Place anytime soon. It is though, a cult classic in the truest sense of the word. Sun Ra and his Arkestra had been at the forefront of avant-garde music, developing and refining his vision since the 1950s. Today listeners are most likely ...

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Article: Album Review

Mototeru Takagi / Kim Dae Hwan / Choi Sun Bae: Seishin - Seido

Read "Seishin - Seido" reviewed by John Sharpe


Seishin-Seido represents another heads up on the depth of the Japanese free jazz community from the Lithuanian NoBusiness imprint as part of its partnership with Chap Chap Records. They raid the archives for a live date from 1995 in the southern city of Hofu, which actually unites two Korean musicians, trumpeter Choi Sun Bae and percussionist ...

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Nothing Is... Completed & Revisited

Label: Ezz-thetics
Released: 2022
Track listing: Sun Ra and His Band from Outer Space; The Shadow World; Theme of the Stargazers; Outer Spaceways Incorporated; Next Stop Mars; Dancing Shadows; Imagination; Second Stop Is Jupiter; Exotic Forest; Velvet; Outer Nothingness; We Travel the Spaceways.


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