SUN RA — It Is Forbidden (at the Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival in Exile)

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Live album · 1974

Filed under Avant-Garde Jazz
By SUN RA

Tracklist

1. Untitled Improvisations 13:15
2. Discipline 27 9:18
3. Love in Outer Space 4:41
4. The Shadow World 6:04
5. Space is the Place 7:18
6. Second Stop is Jupiter 1:40
7. What Planet is This 2:34
8. Images 8:20
9. It is Forbidden 2:33
10. Watusi 5:48
11. Sun Ra and his Band from Outer Space
+ applause 2:46

Line-up/Musicians

Sun Ra (p, org, syn, voc);
Kwame Hadi (tp);
Akh Tal Ebah (tp, mell, voc);
unidentified (tp);
Marshall allen (as, fl, perc);
Danny Davis (as, fl, perc);
John Gilmore (ts, perc);
Danny Ray Thompson (bars, fl, libf, perc);
James Jacson (bsn, Inf-d, voc);
Elo Omoe (bcl);
Dale Williams (eg);
Reginald "Shoo-Be-Doo" Fields (b);
Clifford Jarvis (d);
Atakatune [Stanley Morgan] (cga);
June Tyson (voc);
Space Ethnic Voices: Judith Holton, Cheryl Banks (voc)

About this release

Total Energy – NER3029 (US)

Recorded in 1974 at the Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival in Exile 1974

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This review of "At the Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival in Exile 1974 - It is Forbidden" by Sun Ra and His Intergalactic Arkestra, is about the vinyl LP version of this album. The CD has a few more tracks, although a lot of those tracks are songs that have been recorded and released many times before.

A quick sum up of this album would be; an excellent live performance captured with a sub-par recording. The album cover notes don't say how they recorded this, possibly off of the PA sound board. Fortunately you can hear most of the instruments and the balance isn't too bad, but the sound is sort of flat and dull, a bit distant, but this is hardly the worst recording quality that you can find on a Sun Ra record.

Side one is mostly free jazz and is quite lively and kinetic as the band switches from full ensemble assaults to frantic solos. Sun Ra rarely has a guitar player, so Dale William's massive presence is a bit of a pleasant surprise. His huge wall of sound ultra distorted and processed guitar sounds like Hendrix, Sonny Sharrock, Pete Cosey and Thurston Moore all playing at the same time. Sun Ra picks up his influence and creates synthesizer attacks that sound like May Day! May Day!!! in the next century.

Side 2 kicks off with some swingin hard bop and shows a side of John Gilmore we don't often hear as he plays his best soul jazz riffs. Sun Ra subverts the rhythm and they all go off free form for a while. Next up is a not too long vocal chant and then longtime Sun Ra favorite, "Watusi". Its a great song, but better recordings of it exist elsewhere. Overall, a fairly good album for the Sun Ra fan, with its most unique feature being Sun Ra's and Dale William's use of larger than life electronics.

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