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All Music Guide - Jesse Jarnow
Bright sounding and energetic, Sun Ra & His Arkestra transcended the damaging effects of the 1980s on jazz by simply doing what they always did: making joyous, cosmos-sweeping music in the self-established tradition of a free big band. The recording captures the band sympathetically, managing to keep the chaos under control through a crisp and deep mix. Though featuring mainstay Arkestra vocalist June Tyson on a number of tracks including the elegiac "I Wait for You", the highlights here are the band's sweet takes on shorter charts, such as Ra's swinging "Can You Take It?," Duke Ellington's classic "Prelude to a Kiss," and Jerome Kern's tender "Why I Was Born." Also of...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jesse Jarnow
Bright sounding and energetic, Sun Ra & His Arkestra transcended the damaging effects of the 1980s on jazz by simply doing what they always did: making joyous, cosmos-sweeping music in the self-established tradition of a free big band. The recording captures the band sympathetically, managing to keep the chaos under control through a crisp and deep mix. Though featuring mainstay Arkestra vocalist June Tyson on a number of tracks including the elegiac "I Wait for You", the highlights here are the band's sweet takes on shorter charts, such as Ra's swinging "Can You Take It?," Duke Ellington's classic "Prelude to a Kiss," and Jerome Kern's tender "Why I Was Born." Also of note is a gently lurching take on "Astro Black," one of Ra's most enduring melodies. Containing manageable bits of many of the Arkestra's foci, this disc provides a good introduction to Sun Ra's work.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/20/1999
  • Label: Diw Records
  • UPC: 634164082420
  • Catalog Number: 824

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Introduction/Cosmo Approach Prelude - Sun Ra Arkestra (7:29)
  2. 2 Angel Race/I Wait for You - Sun Ra Arkestra (7:18)
  3. 3 Can You Take It? - Sun Ra Arkestra (3:14)
  4. 4 If You Came from Nowhere Here - Sun Ra Arkestra (10:27)
  5. 5 Astro Black - Sun Ra Arkestra (11:23)
  6. 6 Prelude to a Kiss - Sun Ra Arkestra (5:11)
  7. 7 Why Was I Born? - Sun Ra Arkestra (5:57)
  8. 8 Insterstellar Lo-Ways - Sun Ra Arkestra (0:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sun Ra Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Ahmed Abdullah Trumpet
John Gilmore Tenor Saxophone, Timbales
Danny Thompson Baritone Saxophone
Marshall Allen Alto Saxophone
Bruce Edwards Guitar
Tyrone Hill Trombone
Judith Holton Dancer
Michael Ray Trumpet, Vocals
Leroy Taylor Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
June Tyson Violin, Vocals
Eric "Samarai Celestial" Walker Drums
Earl "Buster" Smith Drums
Technical Credits
Ahmed Abdullah Contributor
John Gilmore Contributor
Danny Thompson Contributor
Marshall Allen Contributor
Jerome Kern Composer
Diw Cover Design
Bruce Edwards Contributor
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Zen Matsuura Producer
Sun Ra Contributor
Michael Ray Contributor
Leroy Taylor Contributor
June Tyson Contributor
Shigeru Uchiyama Cover Photo
Kohei Kawakami Producer
Masato Sugiyama Engineer
Masato Sygiyama Engineer
Kohei Kawakami Producer
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