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Sun Ra Arkestra

Personnel

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

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 ...

Seductive Fantasy

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

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Michael Brecker, Steven Bernstein and the Art of Jazz-Hacking the Pop World - Part 2

Read "Michael Brecker, Steven Bernstein and the Art of Jazz-Hacking the Pop World - Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This is the second part of our exploration of Michael Brecker's and Steven Bernstein's work as first-call musicians in the world of high-end pop productions. Their capacity to adapt to the demands of these productions while remaining true to their jazz roots has offered millions of listeners that might have looked at jazz with ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Sun Ra Arkestra: Seductive Fantasy

Read "Seductive Fantasy" reviewed by Ian Patterson

It seems entirely fitting that “Seductive Fantasy," the single from the Sun Ra Arkestra's first studio album in twenty years, should be a reworking of an old song, one that dates back over forty years to On Jupiter (El Saturn, 1979). With Sun Ra it was ever thus; old is new and new is old. The ...


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