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Eclectic, outrageous, sometimes mystifying but always imbued with a powerful jazz consciousness, the music of Sun Ra has withstood its skeptics and detractors for nearly three generations. And well it should, since Sun Ra has been both apart of and ahead of the jazz tradition during that time. Like Duke Ellington and swing-era pioneer Fletcher Henderson, Sun Ra learned early on to write music in an arranged form that showcased the specific talents of his individual Arkestra members, and he has retained the services of some of these musicians to this day: John Gilmore, Marshall Allen, and Julian Priester for example since they first joined in the 1950's

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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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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).

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Meditations on Crime, Miles Okazaki, Kurt Elling, Maggie Jean Martin

Read "Meditations on Crime, Miles Okazaki, Kurt Elling, Maggie Jean Martin" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


A mystery project bearing the DNA of the late Hal Willner and Sun Ra, a project inspired by the poetry of that same Herman Poole Blount, tributes to Carla Bley and Lars Gullin, saxophonists on the rise, and a teenage sensation.Happy listening!PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" ...

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 ...

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Article: Album Review

Mark de Clive-Lowe & Friends: Freedom: Celebrating The Music Of Pharoah Sanders

Read "Freedom: Celebrating The Music Of Pharoah Sanders" reviewed by Chris May


Albums by artists who are best known for their work outside jazz are best approached with caution. Keyboard player Mark de Clive-Lowe's Freedom: Celebrating The Music Of Pharoah Sanders is one such. Before moving to Los Angeles, Clive-Lowe lived in London, where he was prominent in the late 1990s/early 2000s broken beat movement, which, without getting ...

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Article: Album Review

WeFreeStrings: Love In The Form Of Sacred Outrage

Read "Love In The Form Of Sacred Outrage" reviewed by Mark Corroto


History does repeat itself, violist Melanie Dyer draws from the same well of inspiration as Max Roach's We Insist! Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite (Candid, 1961). Maybe better put, history reveals Martin Luther King's arc of the moral universe has only bent a few degrees in the past sixty years. With Love In The Form Of Sacred ...

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Article: Album Review

Albert Ayler Quintet: At Slugs’ Saloon 1966 Revisited

Read "At Slugs’ Saloon 1966 Revisited" reviewed by Chris May


There continues to be as much discussion about Albert Ayler's personality and motivations as there is about the music he left us. Was he a religious fundamentalist? Was he bi-polar? Was he an attention seeker? Was he some sort of leather fetishist? The evidence suggests Ayler may have been borderline bi-polar, but as for the other ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Anna Butterss, Daniel Villarreal, Mark de Clive Lowe, Byard Lancaster & More New Releases

Read "Anna Butterss, Daniel Villarreal, Mark de Clive Lowe, Byard Lancaster & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Amazing debut albums by Daniel Villarreal and Anna Butterss, reissues or unearthed gems from masters of the past like Sun Ra or Byard Lancaster, homages to Pharoah Sanders, the fascinating sonic explorations of Flock and JOYFULTALK are just some of our favorite things... and that's why we feature them in this week's show. We hope you ...

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Article: Interview

Pianist Joe Block: At the Start of His Big Bang

Read "Pianist Joe Block: At the Start of His Big Bang" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


According to cosmologists, our universe started as a tiny speck and within a fraction of a second exploded into a huge ever-expanding space with all the galaxies, stars, and planets condensing out of the dispersed matter within it. This picture of the origins of the cosmos provides an apt metaphor for the way in which some ...


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