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Sun Ra Arkestra

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Marshall Allen - leader, alto sax, flute, clarinet, EVI (Electronic Valve Instrument)
Knoel Scott - alto sax
James Stewart - tenor sax
Mike Watson - bass clarinet
Danny Thompson - baritone sax, flute
Michael Ray - trumpet
Cecil Brooks - trumpet
Ryan Frasier - trumpet
Vincent Chauncey - french horn
Dave Davis - trombone
Emmet McDonald - trombone
Tyler Mitchell - bass
Wayne Anthony Smith, Jr. - drums
Elson Nascimento - surdo, percussion
Dave Hotep - electric guitar
Tara Middleton - vocals, violin
George Burton - piano
Teddy Thomas - percussion

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News: Music Industry

Tony Adamo Receives Permission To Rename And Write Lyrics To A Future Sun Ra Song

Tony Adamo Receives Permission To Rename And Write Lyrics To A Future Sun Ra Song

Tony Adamo wrote about and released music on Eddie Harris, B.B. King, Eddie Henderson, Art Blakey, James Brown, Mark Murphy, Eddie Gale, Jack Kerouac, and Sun Ra, the song entitled “Sun Ra Goes to Mars.” The Eddie Harris estate gave Adamo permission to write spoken word to his “Listen Here.” Adamo renamed it “Listen Here Listen ...

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Article: Radio

Elin Forkelid, Susie Ibarra, Benoît Delbecq, Chris Speed and More New Releases

Read "Elin Forkelid, Susie Ibarra, Benoît Delbecq, Chris Speed and More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Navasha Daya's tribute to Gil Scott Heron, several projects that explore the trail Coltrane blazed, artists for whom rhythm is melody and melody is rhythm, musicians who plunge themselves into the inner space and the outer space, debut CDs, reissues, label showcase albums... There's something for everyone in this hour of new and upcoming jazz.

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Article: Album Review

Sun Ra Arkestra: Swirling

Read "Swirling" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Though Sun Ra departed Earth in 1993, his music has continued to thrive, first under the stewardship of John Gilmore and, since 1995, by the remarkable Marshall Allen who turned 96 in May 2020. A live Arkestra show still contains many of the elements that have been present since the 1950s and '60s-- color, pageantry and ...

Album

Seductive Fantasy

Label: Strut Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Seductive Fantasy.

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Article: Year in Review

John Pietaro's "Test" Of 2020

Read "John Pietaro's "Test" Of 2020" reviewed by John Pietaro


It would be a fool's errand in a covid-damaged society to attempt a peaceably gathered year's end “Best of" list, in jazz or any other genre or medium. But artists of jazz and all avant gardes have been especially susceptible to the considerable financial ebbing and health concerns of this period. Discussing this concept with my ...

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Article: Year in Review

Mark Corroto's Best Releases Of 2020

Read "Mark Corroto's Best Releases Of 2020" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Goodbye to 2020 and for the most part good riddance. Unless of course, we are talking about great music. Hopefully, your self isolation bubble had good sounds. Keeping in mind the global pandemic will not end soon, here's a list of my top 18 releases for 2020. I hope they can ease the pain of social ...

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Article: Radio

Sun Ra Arkestra, Dan Rosenbloom, Awakening Orchestra, Grassy Knoll & New Releases

Read "Sun Ra Arkestra, Dan Rosenbloom, Awakening Orchestra, Grassy Knoll & New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


The second part of this week's edition of Mondo Jazz revolves around the jny: Chicago-jny: Paris-jny: Brussels triangle, with forays in the New York, jny: Los Angeles and jny: San Francisco scenes, to deliver great much awaited new releases by the Sun Ra Arkestra, The Grassy Knoll and The Awakening Orchestra. To put the wheels in ...

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Article: Album Review

Sun Ra Arkestra: Swirling

Read "Swirling" reviewed by Chris May


Saturn moved into the ascendant in October 2020 when the Sun Ra Arkestra under the direction of alto saxophonist Marshall Allen released its first studio album in over twenty years. Swirling presents new arrangements of both well-known and more obscure Ra tunes, played by a fifteen-piece lineup which includes band veterans and relative newcomers. It is ...

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Article: Profile

Azar Lawrence Has Paid His Dues...Two times

Read "Azar Lawrence Has Paid His Dues...Two times" reviewed by Chuck Koton


Tenor and soprano saxophonist Azar Lawrence has been one of the most dynamic and spiritually-charged reed players of the post-John Coltrane generation. Lawrence forged his sound in the fires of the Elvin Jones and McCoy Tyner bands in the 1970s and, for nearly five decades, he has performed and recorded with the best musicians in the ...


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