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SUN RA, where to begin?

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Topic: SUN RA, where to begin?
Posted By: tupan
Subject: SUN RA, where to begin?
Date Posted: 23 May 2022 at 8:31am
I want to listen to Sun Ra music, but he has a massive discography. Which album is good for a newcomer?



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Posted By: js
Date Posted: 23 May 2022 at 8:53am
I own a lot of his albums. i will drop off some suggestions one at a time. A lot of these links will have reviews with them.

"Live at Montreaux" is a pretty good one to start with because it carries a lot of the various directions his band can go in.

http://www.jazzmusicarchives.com/album/sun-ra/sun-ra-and-his-cosmo-swing-arkestra-live-at-montreux%28live%29" rel="nofollow - http://www.jazzmusicarchives.com/album/sun-ra/sun-ra-and-his-cosmo-swing-arkestra-live-at-montreux(live)


Posted By: js
Date Posted: 23 May 2022 at 9:06am
For something more mellow, "Angels and Demons at Play" is his nod to lounge exotica artists like Les Baxter.
http://www.jazzmusicarchives.com/album/sun-ra/angels-and-demons-at-play" rel="nofollow - http://www.jazzmusicarchives.com/album/sun-ra/angels-and-demons-at-play


Posted By: js
Date Posted: 23 May 2022 at 9:07am
For something very bizarre and intense, there is "Atlantis".

http://www.jazzmusicarchives.com/album/sun-ra/sun-ra-and-his-astro-infinity-arkestra-atlantis" rel="nofollow - http://www.jazzmusicarchives.com/album/sun-ra/sun-ra-and-his-astro-infinity-arkestra-atlantis


Posted By: js
Date Posted: 23 May 2022 at 9:53am
I'll have some more later today or tonight.


Posted By: tupan
Date Posted: 23 May 2022 at 9:54am
Thanks! 


Posted By: js
Date Posted: 24 May 2022 at 7:07am
"Pathways to Unknown Worlds" is one of his better free jazz records, check the review.

http://www.jazzmusicarchives.com/album/sun-ra/pathways-to-unknown-worlds" rel="nofollow - http://www.jazzmusicarchives.com/album/sun-ra/pathways-to-unknown-worlds


Posted By: js
Date Posted: 24 May 2022 at 7:09am
Late in his career, Sun Ra was likely to do entire concerts of old school big band swing, but in his own quirky way, such is the case with "Reflections in Blue".

http://www.jazzmusicarchives.com/album/sun-ra/reflections-in-blue" rel="nofollow - http://www.jazzmusicarchives.com/album/sun-ra/reflections-in-blue


Posted By: js
Date Posted: 24 May 2022 at 9:24pm
"Astro Black" favors Sun Ra's use of electronic keyboards.

http://www.jazzmusicarchives.com/album/sun-ra/astro-black" rel="nofollow - http://www.jazzmusicarchives.com/album/sun-ra/astro-black


Posted By: tupan
Date Posted: 25 May 2022 at 11:04am
Originally posted by js js wrote:

For something more mellow, "Angels and Demons at Play" is his nod to lounge exotica artists like Les Baxter.
http://www.jazzmusicarchives.com/album/sun-ra/angels-and-demons-at-play" rel="nofollow - http://www.jazzmusicarchives.com/album/sun-ra/angels-and-demons-at-play

Listened to it, very good indeed. But I think I prefer the last four tracks, haha (although the Exotica tunes were good too)

And I also listened to Media Dreams, weirder than "Angels" but still a good album. 
Thanks for the suggestions, I will listen more soon!


Posted By: js
Date Posted: 25 May 2022 at 11:51am
Glad you like it, I will drop off more when I get a minute.


Posted By: tupan
Date Posted: 03 Jun 2022 at 12:13pm
Originally posted by js js wrote:

Late in his career, Sun Ra was likely to do entire concerts of old school big band swing, but in his own quirky way, such is the case with "Reflections in Blue".

http://www.jazzmusicarchives.com/album/sun-ra/reflections-in-blue" rel="nofollow - http://www.jazzmusicarchives.com/album/sun-ra/reflections-in-blue

I love it! Pretty "normal", to be honest, but great music anyways!


Posted By: js
Date Posted: 03 Jun 2022 at 12:56pm
Here is one that a lot of people don't know about, "Night of the Purple Moon", on which Ra explores his interest in lounge exotica, its one of my favorites.

http://www.jazzmusicarchives.com/album/sun-ra/sun-ra-and-his-intergalactic-infinity-arkestra-the-night-of-the-purple-moon" rel="nofollow - http://www.jazzmusicarchives.com/album/sun-ra/sun-ra-and-his-intergalactic-infinity-arkestra-the-night-of-the-purple-moon



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