Live at Praxis '84

Live at Praxis '84

by Sun Ra
     
 
This two-CD set (reissued from a triple LP) is by no means indispensable Sun Ra, but it does give a sense of what the Arkestra sounded like live in the mid-1980s. All the excesses are there, including the silly, repetitive lyrics that made the group such a blast to watch. A healthy portion of the tunes are standards, including "Mack the Knife" (with a hilarious

Overview

This two-CD set (reissued from a triple LP) is by no means indispensable Sun Ra, but it does give a sense of what the Arkestra sounded like live in the mid-1980s. All the excesses are there, including the silly, repetitive lyrics that made the group such a blast to watch. A healthy portion of the tunes are standards, including "Mack the Knife" (with a hilarious Louis Armstrong imitation), "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," "Satin Doll," and "Days of Wine and Roses." The band could swing mightily, and it harbored an uncanny ability to perform virtually the entire history of jazz in a single set. This version of the Archestra (recorded in Athens, Greece) includes mainstay saxophonists Marshall Allen, John Gilmore, and Danny Ray Thompson; three percussionists; and only a single brass player (trumpeter Ronnie Brown). A must for Sun Ra collectors and aficionados of the exotic, but for others, there is better Ra available.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/16/2000
Label:
Golden Years Of New
UPC:
5024792500024
catalogNumber:
5
Rank:
142407

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Untitled Improvisation
  2. Discipline 27-II/Children of the Sun
  3. Nuclear War
  4. Unidentified Blues
  5. Fate in a Pleasant Mood
  6. Yeah Man!
  7. Space Is the Place/We Travel the Spaceways/Outer Spaceways ...
  8. Untitled Improvisation
  9. Untitled Improvisation 3
  10. Discipline 27

Disc 2

  1. Mack the Knife
  2. Cocktails for Two
  3. Over the Rainbow
  4. Satin Doll
  5. Big John's Special
  6. Carefree (Egyptian Fantasy)
  7. Days of Wine and Roses
  8. Theme of the Stargazers/The Satellites Are Spinning
  9. They'll Come Back
  10. Enlightenment/Strange Mathematics/Rhythmic Equations

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sun Ra   Primary Artist,Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Vocals
John Gilmore   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals,Electric Valve Instrument
Ronnie Brown   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Tambourine
Marshall Allen   Clarinet,Flute,Percussion,Oboe,Alto Saxophone,Kora,Electric Valve Instrument
Eloe Omoe   Flute,Percussion,Bass Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Contra-alto Clarinet,Electric Valve Instrument
Salah Ragab   Percussion,Conga
Sun Ra Arkestra   Track Performer
James Jacson   Flute,Bassoon,Drums,Oboe,Vocals,Electric Valve Instrument
Myriam Broche   Dancer
Matthew Brown   Conga
Danny Thompson   Flute,Bongos,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone

Technical Credits

Leo Feigin   Producer
Kostas Yiannoulopoulos   Producer

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