Live at the Paradox

Live at the Paradox

by Sun Ra Arkestra
     
 
Sun Ra's Arkestra continued 15 years after the bandleader's death, led by his longtime alto saxophonist Marshall Allen and featuring a few other musicians who worked with Ra, including tenor saxophonist Charles Davis and surdo player Elson Nascimento, along with musicians who dug into Ra's alternately swinging, discordant, and at

Overview

Sun Ra's Arkestra continued 15 years after the bandleader's death, led by his longtime alto saxophonist Marshall Allen and featuring a few other musicians who worked with Ra, including tenor saxophonist Charles Davis and surdo player Elson Nascimento, along with musicians who dug into Ra's alternately swinging, discordant, and at times bizarre music. But Allen doesn't lead a ghost band. He wrote four of the songs heard in this live performance, including the exploratory "Space Walk"; the loopy, dissonant ballad "You'll Find Me," which purposely sounds like it has been played by musicians who have been playing all night and show signs of weariness; and the whimsical bop vehicle "Millennium," with rapid-fire shrieks on alto sax à la Eric Dolphy and a campy vocal. Ra's songs are well represented, with the swinging "Dreams Come True" (highlighted by pianist Farid Barron), the strident post-bop "Velvet" (which showcases Davis ' robust tenor), and the wild finale of "Space Idol" (showcasing clashing brass and reeds battling it out over the steady rhythm section). The choice of Fletcher Henderson's "Hocus Pocus," played in a fairly straight-ahead manner, should be no surprise, as Ra worked for Henderson in the mid-'40s and enjoyed playing his compositions in his Arkestra concerts. Sun Ra fans will delight in the continuing saga of the Sun Ra Arkestra.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/11/2010
Label:
In & Out Records
UPC:
0798747709828
catalogNumber:
77098
Rank:
186747

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sun Ra Arkestra   Primary Artist
Charles Davis   Tenor Saxophone
Marshall Allen   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Saxophone,Vocals,Evi
Fred Adams   Trumpet
Elson Nascimento   Surdo
Knoel Scott   Alto Saxophone,Vocals
Dave Davis   Trombone,Tuba
Farid Barron   Organ,Piano
Yahya Abdul Majid   Tenor Saxophone
Juini Booth   Bass
Cecil Brooks   Trumpet
Dave Hotep   Guitar
Wayne A. Smith   Drums
Rey Scott   Flute,Baritone Saxophone
Danny Thompson   Flute,Baritone Saxophone,Percus

Technical Credits

Marshall Allen   Composer,Producer,Direction
Fletcher Henderson   Composer
Sun Ra   Composer
Winnie Leyh   Engineer
Ulf Ryberg   Graphic Design
Frank Kleinschmidt   Producer
Marc Broer   Engineer
Willem Feenstra   Engineer
Sibylle Zerr   Liner Notes

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