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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Sun Ra and his Arkestra issued only a handful of titles on the groundbreaking indie ESP-Disk' label. Each title respectively contains some of their most expressive musical statements to date. The eight cuts on Nothing Is 1970 were documented during live performances at various New York State colleges in the spring of 1966. Ra piano/clavioline leads the band through a series of free improvisations and more melodically structured compositions. "Dancing Shadows" evolves out of a chaotic brass and percussive assault with some extended inspired keyboard runs during the opening. These eventually nestle into a charming upbeat slice of extemporaneous post-bop. Front and center ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Sun Ra and his Arkestra issued only a handful of titles on the groundbreaking indie ESP-Disk' label. Each title respectively contains some of their most expressive musical statements to date. The eight cuts on Nothing Is 1970 were documented during live performances at various New York State colleges in the spring of 1966. Ra piano/clavioline leads the band through a series of free improvisations and more melodically structured compositions. "Dancing Shadows" evolves out of a chaotic brass and percussive assault with some extended inspired keyboard runs during the opening. These eventually nestle into a charming upbeat slice of extemporaneous post-bop. Front and center beside Ra are Ali Hassan trombone, Teddy Nance trombone, Marshall Allen alto sax/flute/piccolo/oboe, John Gilmore tenor sax, Pat Patrick baritone sax/flute, Robert Cummings baritone clarinet, James Jacson flute/log drums, Ronnie Boykins bass/tuba, Clifford Jarvis drums, and Carl Nimrod aka Carl S. Malone/Nimrod Hunt sun horn/gong. The leader's solos and accompaniment shimmer with many of the same highly advanced effervescent chord progressions incorporated onto early sides such as "Brainville" or "Transitions." Gilmore, Allen and Patrick playfully blend Eastern-flavored intonations along with Jarvis and a second, albeit uncredited, kit drummer. According to Sun Ra scholars, both Jimmy Johnson, Jr. drums and Roger Blank drums toured at various times during the mid-'60s with the Arkestra. "Imagination" includes a brief recitation followed by a full-blown band improv. This undulates over a fast-paced choral mantra of "the second stop is Jupiter" -- a chant which had also been worked into the waning moments of "Rocket #9." The slithery charm of "Exotic Forest" -- featuring a hypnotic oboe lead from Allen -- excels in allowing the mostly percussive contingency of the Arkestra to organically support Boykins equally entrancing contributions. The short piano solo "Sun Ra and His Band from Outer Space" segues into the last lengthy side, "Shadow World." Patrick streamlines his opening solo around the sonic swirl of Jarvis and Ra. The saxophonist then emerges with an unaccompanied blow that demonstrates his perfection in the context of spontaneity. Allen follows with a solitary oboe that borders on maniacal before eventually settling into a final free for all from the entire band. Nothing Is concludes with a mostly Ra driven "Theme of the Stargazers" which develops into an early version of the "Outer Spaceways Incorporated" and "Next Stop Mars" chants. Caveat emptor: these sides have turned up on numerous repackagings, many of which have been transcribed from poor-grade vinyl. [The 2005 ESP-Disk' contains three added tracks.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/21/2005
  • Label: 10t Records
  • UPC: 825481040242
  • Catalog Number: 4024

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sun Ra Primary Artist, Piano
John Gilmore Tenor Saxophone
Marshall Allen Alto Saxophone
Ronnie Boykins Bass, Tuba, Double Bass
Clifford Jarvis Drums
Robert Cummings Bass Clarinet, Baritone Clarinet
Ali Hassan Trombone
Teddy Nance Trombone
Pat Patrick Baritone Saxophone
James Jacson Flute, Log Drums
Carl Nimrod Gong, Horn
James Jackson Flute, Log Drums
Technical Credits
Howard "Howie" Bernstein Drawing
Thomas "Bugs" Hunter Cover Photo
Sun Ra Composer
David B. Jones Engineer
Good Doctor Liner Notes
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