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Marshall Allen

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Marshall Allen - alto saxophone, flute, clarinet, oboe, kora, and E.V.I. (Electronic Valve Instrument). Marshall Belford Allen, alto saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, bandleader, and arranger, was born May 25, 1924 in Louisville, Kentucky and started clarinet lessons at age 10. At 18, he enlisted in the Army's 92nd Infantry (renowned as the Buffalo Soldiers), playing clarinet and alto saxophone in the 17th Division Special Service Band. Stationed in Paris during World War II, he played with pianist Art Simmons and saxophonist Don Byas, and he toured and recorded with James Moody during the late '40's

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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.

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Article: Live Review

Sun Ra Arkestra at SFJAZZ Center

Read "Sun Ra Arkestra at SFJAZZ Center" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser


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: 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: Live Review

Big Ears Festival 2023

Read "Big Ears Festival 2023" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Big Ears Festival Knoxville, Tennesse March 30-April 2, 2023 The second full edition after the pandemic found the Big Ears Festival still growing in attendance. Organizers responded by increasing the number of venues, including new ones like the Knoxville Civic Auditorium and ones that had not been used for some time, ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Brian Blade, Sun Ra, Jon Cowherd, Chris Potter & More New Releases

Read "Brian Blade, Sun Ra, Jon Cowherd, Chris Potter & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Sun Ra may have joined the outer spaceways almost 30 years ago but he continues to inspire our earthly affairs through the musicians that have worked with him. We explore recent releases of the Arkestra and of bassist Tyler Mitchell, both of which revolve around the contribution of Marshall Allen. The other cluster of tracks is ...

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Article: Album Review

Tyler Mitchell: Sun Ra's Journey Featuring Marshall Allen

Read "Sun Ra's Journey Featuring Marshall Allen" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Sun Ra's Journey from the Tyler Mitchell Octet signals listeners to begin their own happy joy dance. Recorded live at Smalls Jazz Club in August 2021, the music is an animating run through six familiar Sun Ra compositions, plus plenty of surprises. Tyler Mitchell is a Ra alumnus who can be heard on the ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Why Jazz: Part 2

Read "Why Jazz: Part 2" reviewed by Monk Rowe


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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Tim Berne, Geri Allen, Dave Holland + Solo Works

Read "Tim Berne, Geri Allen, Dave Holland + Solo Works" reviewed by David Brown


This week, let's visit some Tim Berne works as interpreted by soloists, as well as some duets with the man himself. Then, one time Sun Ra bassist Tyler Mitchel presents his Octet featuring alto saxophonist Marshall Allen, followed by some other recordings by Sun Ra Arkestra alumni. The program will continue with a set of solo ...

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Tyler Mitchell: Sun Ra's Journey Featuring Marshall Allen

Read "Sun Ra's Journey Featuring Marshall Allen" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Along with elder alum, alto saxophonist Marshall Allen, Sun Ra's Journey Featuring Marshall Allen, the second of bassist Tyler Mitchell's deep dives into Sun Ra's master playbook, breaks glorious from the start. As an entry into the Smalls Live Living Masters Series, this octane-infused set was recorded live in 2022 at Smalls in NYC ...


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