Monday, September 2, 2019

Sun Ra - 1973 - Space Is The Place

Sun Ra 
Space Is The Place

01. Space Is The Place
02. Images
03. Discipline 33
04. Sea Of Sound
05. Rocket Number Nine

Alto Saxophone – Danny Davis, Larry Northington, Marshall Allen
Baritone Saxophone – Danny Thompson, Pat Patrick
Bass – Pat Patrick
Bass Clarinet – Eloe Omoe
Congas – Russell Branch, Stanley Morgan
Drums – Alzo Wright, Harry Richards, John Gilmore, Robert Underwood
Flugelhorn – Akh Tal Ebah
Flute – Danny Davis, Danny Thompson, Marshall Allen
Percussion – Lamont McClamb, Lex Humphries, Russell Branch, Stanley Morgan
Piano, Organ [Space], Synthesizer [Moog] – Sun Ra
Tenor Saxophone – John Gilmore
Trumpet – Akh Tal Ebah, Lamont McClamb
Vocals – Akh Tal Ebah, John Gilmore
Voice [Space Ethnic Voices] – Cheryl Banks, Judith Holton, June Tyson, Ruth Wright

Recorded October 19th 1972 at Streeterville Recording Studio, Chicago, Illinois.

Mixed at Village Recorder, Los Angeles, California.

Gatefold inner cover contains poems from the book "The Immeasurable Equation" by Sun Ra.

Diferent recording that the soundtrack of the film "Space is the Place".

Space Is the Place provides an excellent introduction to Sun Ra's vast and free-form jazz catalog. Typical of many Sun Ra recordings, the program is varied; earthbound songs, like the swing number "Images" and Egyptian exotica piece "Discipline," fit right in with more space-age cuts, like the tumultuous "Sea of Sounds" and the humorous "Rocket Number Nine." Sun Ra fuses many of these styles on the sprawling title cut, as interlocking harmonies, African percussion, manic synthesizer lines, and joyous ensemble blowing all jell into some sort of church revival of the cosmos. Throughout the recording, Sun Ra displays his typically wide-ranging talents on space organ and piano, reed players John Gilmore and Marshall Allen contribute incisive and intense solos, and June Tyson masterfully leads the Space Ethnic Voices on dreamy vocal flights. This is a fine recording and a must for Sun Ra fans.

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