Sunday, July 21, 2019

Sun Ra - 1998 - Black Myth / Out In Space

Sun Ra
Black Myth / Out In Space 

  Black Myth 
101. Black Forest Myth 3:58
102. Friendly Galaxy No. 2 5:25
103. Journey Through The Outer Darkness 12:58
104. Strange Worlds - Black Myth - It's After The End Of The World 15:18
105. We'll Wait For You 10:13
  Out In Space 
201. Out In Space 37:45
202. Discipline Series 3:28
203. Walkin' On The Moon... 9:02
204. Outer Space Where I Come From (Recitation) 0:23
205. Watusa  2:44
206. Myth Versus Reality 14:59
207. Theme Of The Stargazers 0:42
208. Space Chants Medley (Second Stop Is Jupiter - Why Go To The Moon - Neptun - Mercury - Venus - Mars - Jupiter - Saturn - Uranus - Pluto) 5:42
209. We Travel The Spaceways 3:02

Alto Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Percussion – Absholom Ben Shlomo
Alto Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet – Danny Davis
Alto Saxophone, Flute, Piccolo Flute, Oboe, Percussion – Marshall Allen
Baritone Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Bassoon, Flute – Danny Thompson*
Baritone Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Flute, Percussion – Pat (Laurdine) Patrick*
Bass – Alejandro Blake Fearon
Bass Clarinet – Robert Cummings
Clavinet, Synthesizer, Keyboards, Organ, Voice, Written-By – Sun Ra
Drums, Congas – Rashid Salim IV
Drums, Percussion – Lex Humphries
English Horn – Al Batin Nur
French Horn – Robert Northern
Oboe, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon – Eloe Omoe
Oboe, Flute, Percussion, Drums – James Jackson
Percussion [African], Other [Dance] – Math Samba
Percussion [African], Xylophone [Balafone], Other [Dance, Fire Eating] – Roger Aralamon Hazoumé
Percussion, Drum [Handdrums] – Nimrod Hunt
Percussion, Other [Dance] – Ife Tayo
Tenor Saxophone, Percussion, Vocals – John Gilmore
Trumpet – Kwame Hadi
Trumpet, Mellophone – Akh Tal Ebah
Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass – Alan Silva
Vocals, Other [Dance] – June Tyson

Black Myth recorded live at the Donaueschingen Musik Festival, Stadthalle, October 17, 1970.
Out In Space recorded live at the Berlin Jazz Festival, Kongresshalle, November 7, 1970.

Spectacular, wild double from two live 1970 dates in Germany. Black Myth, from Donaueschingen on October 17th, provides lots of up front horn madness throughout from the usual Gilmore-Allen-Patrick front line, augmented here by Danny Davis and Danny Thompson. But Sun Ra also turns in spectacular synthesizer solos (especially on the lead track), and June Tyson is by this time an indispensable part of the Arkestra. A difficult one for those who find freer music unpleasant listening, but a superb one for those prepared to meet the challenge. And after listening to the wonderful Black Myth I was shocked to find that Out in Space from two weeks later in Berlin, was even better. The opening title track, which goes on for nearly 40 minutes, is perhaps the best extended Sun Ra piece I've ever heard, starting at a fever pitch and never letting go for an instant. There are wild horn charts and solos, synth solos, even some beautiful acoustic piano (that of course edges up into something altogether more challenging), and much more throughout the length of the piece. It would seem that everything after would inevitably be anti-climactic, but it's never that easy with Ra. Next up there's some pieces from his "Discipline" series, then a great version of "Walking on the Moon," a couple more tracks and then another lengthy piece (15 minutes or so) called "Myth Versus Reality" that begins with a recitation and builds slowly into a typically wild and free number before the disc closes out with two signature chants. Both discs are excellently recorded and full of brilliant music, but they're not easy going.

With nearly 165 minutes of music, the 2-CD set captures the incredible performance art of Sun Ra and the improvisational splendor of the Arkestra to make every concert a sonic experience, with a personal message.

Released in December 1998, the first CD - Black Myth - is paced by Black Forest Myth and We'll Wait For You. Out In Space finds Sun Ra stretching themes within an avant-garde soundscape, as Myth Versus Reality and Theme of the Stargazers are pathways to Space Chants Medley and We Travel the Spaceways.

The quenching of thirst through knowledge gained for the mind, body and soul are brought forth by the musical majesty of Sun Ra.

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