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John Gilmore


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


The Futuristic Sounds of Sun Ra - 60th Anniversary Edition

Label: Craft Recordings
Released: 2022
Track listing: Bassism; Of Sounds And Something Else; What’s That?; Where Is Tomorrow?; The Beginning; China Gates (Victor Young); New Day; Tapestry From An Asteroid; Jet Flight; Looking Outward; Space Jazz Reverie.


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.


Lanquidity (2 x CD Edition)

Label: Strut Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Lanquidity; Where Pathways Meet; That's How I Feel; Twin Stars Of Thence; There Are Other Worlds (They Have Not Told You Of).

Article: Live Review

Nexus all’Atelier Musicale

Read "Nexus all’Atelier Musicale" reviewed by Paolo Peviani

Nexus Atelier Musicale—XXVIII Edizione Auditorium G. Di Vittorio Milano 26.11.2022 Il primo blocco di concerti della ventisettesima edizione dell'Atelier Musicale si è concluso con il concerto dei Nexus. Gruppo tra i più longevi del jazz italiano (e del jazz tout court), fondato negli anni '80 dal batterista Tiziano Tononi e ...


Article: Album Review

Sun Ra Arkestra directed by Marshall Allen: Living Sky

Read "Living Sky" reviewed by Chris May

When Sun Ra aficionado and Omni Sound Records founder Ahmet Ulug reached out to Sun Ra Arkestra leader Marshall Allen to commission a new album from the band, he gave Allen a tight brief. Ulug said that he wanted something: “Spiritual and hypnotic... down tempo, melodic and grooving... Music that is accessible and healing."

Article: Album Review

Sun Ra Arkestra: Nothing Is... Completed & Revisited

Read "Nothing Is... Completed & Revisited" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini

L'etichetta svizzera Ezz-thetics sta facendo un lavoro eccellente con capolavori degli anni sessanta riproposti in edizione da loro stessi definita 'revisited' che cerca di fare ordine e chiarezza anche su momenti un po' dimenticati che meritano di essere riscoperti e pienamente apprezzati. Tutto questo è ancora più necessario quando ci troviamo alle prese ...


Article: Album Review

Sun Ra Arkestra: Nothing Is...Completed & Revisited

Read "Nothing Is...Completed & Revisited" reviewed by Chris May

The 1966 concert recording which comprises this album--here in a new, audio-improved edition—has travelled the discographical spaceways in what, when it comes to Sun Ra, is properly circuitous and confusing fashion. Eight tracks from it were scheduled for release by ESP-Disk in 1967 or 1968 as The Heliocentric Worlds Of Sun Ra Volume III, complete with ...


Article: Building a Jazz Library

Sun Ra: Ten Great AfroFuturist Albums

Read "Sun Ra: Ten Great AfroFuturist Albums" reviewed by Chris May

With one hundred and twenty five albums to his name, not including reissues, any attempt to compile a Sun Ra Top Ten is a pretty ludicrous endeavour. There is simply too much great music from which to choose and way too much to put to one side. So the honour roll which follows should be regarded ...


Article: Album Review

Sun Ra: Lanquidity (2 x CD Edition)

Read "Lanquidity (2 x CD Edition)" reviewed by Chris May

When it comes to Sun Ra, the elephant in the room--or perhaps the intergalactic space frigate orbiting your sound system--is how many musicians in the band were bombed out on acid during a typical recording session? By all accounts, Ra ran a tight spaceship and drugs, mind expanding or numbing, were strictly off limits. Then again, ...


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