Holiday for Soul Dance

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
This collection is somewhat of an oddity in that there are no original compositions from Sun Ra. That said, cornet player Phil Corhan contributes "Dorothy's Dance." As the album initially surfaced in the early '70s, many presumed the recordings reflected Ra's concurrent combo and sound, which couldn't have been further from the truth. Scholars have since placed 1960 or 1961 as a closer estimation of when these sides were documented, using the rare inclusion of Ricky Murry vocals as sonic evidence, coupled with the fact that the effort was cut prior to the band's relocation to New York City from Chicago at the beginning of the decade. The primary and most notable Arkestra...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
This collection is somewhat of an oddity in that there are no original compositions from Sun Ra. That said, cornet player Phil Corhan contributes "Dorothy's Dance." As the album initially surfaced in the early '70s, many presumed the recordings reflected Ra's concurrent combo and sound, which couldn't have been further from the truth. Scholars have since placed 1960 or 1961 as a closer estimation of when these sides were documented, using the rare inclusion of Ricky Murry vocals as sonic evidence, coupled with the fact that the effort was cut prior to the band's relocation to New York City from Chicago at the beginning of the decade. The primary and most notable Arkestra centered on Ra, Marshall Allen alto sax, John Gilmore tenor sax, Phil Corhan cornet, Ronnie Boykins bass, and Jon Hardy drums. The bounty of pop standards and memorable melodies showcase Ra's spectacularly intricate and often underappreciated arrangements. The spry take of George Gershwin's "But Not for Me" is rephrased to spotlight the soloists' remarkable improvisational skills behind tight support from the compact and swinging rhythm section. Boykins and Hardy's brooding introduction to "Day by Day" immediately suggests the uneasy and inquisitive score that has been completely overhauled to express Ra's newly adopted sense of the avant-garde as well as his free jazz leanings. Seemingly disparate tunes and time signatures fuse into a free-wheeling affair that contains all the flair of Sun Ra with much of the same romantic charm of more familiar readings, such as Jo Stafford's vocals hit version. "Holiday for Strings" can also be recommended because of the highly stylized rendering. Rather than the mile-a-minute staccato "plinking" that often identifies the piece, Ra gives it a cool post-bop workout that discerns it for those otherwise unfamiliar with the song. "Early Autumn" is interesting from the perspective of the dearth of singers that Raaccompanied. Murry's robust voice proves a bit overwhelming, as if he might break into an operatic vocalization at any moment. Arguably the most memorable selection on Holiday for Soul Dance is the gorgeous take of "I Loves You, Porgy," incorporating a languid swing that gently drives the backbeat, ably supporting the scintillating adaptation.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/6/1992
  • Label: Evidence
  • UPC: 730182201123
  • Catalog Number: 22011
  • Sales rank: 125,515

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sun Ra & His Astro Infinity Arkestra Primary Artist
Sun Ra Indexed Contributor, Piano, Track Performer
John Gilmore Tenor Saxophone
Danny Thompson Alto Saxophone
Marshall Allen Alto Saxophone
Bob Barry Drums
Phil Corhan Cornet
Robert Cummings Bass Clarinet
Ahk Tal Ebah Trumpet
Wayne Harris Trumpet
Ali Hassan Trombone
Ricky Murray Vocals
Carl Nimrod Drums
Pat Patrick Bass, Baritone Saxophone
James Jacson Drums, Log Drums
James "Ham" Jackson Log Drums
Danny Davis Alto Saxophone
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Alton Abraham Producer, Cover Design
Lew Brown Composer
Buddy DeSylva Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Jerry Gordon Producer, Reissue Producer
Ray Henderson Composer
David Rose Composer
Scully Engineer
Neumann Engineer
Kevin Whitehead Liner Notes
Judith Salavetz Art Direction
Spencer Drate Art Direction
Sammy Gallop Composer
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