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Sound Sun Pleasure!!
     

Sound Sun Pleasure!!

by Sun Ra Arkestra
 
The first half-dozen cuts on Sound Sun Pleasure (1970) are thought to have been documented between 1958 and 1960, during Sun Ra and his Astro Infinity Arkestra's residency in Chicago. Although Ra's arrangements are as intricate and involved as any from the era, the song list draws heavily upon standards. That said, it might be recommended as a starting point

Overview

The first half-dozen cuts on Sound Sun Pleasure (1970) are thought to have been documented between 1958 and 1960, during Sun Ra and his Astro Infinity Arkestra's residency in Chicago. Although Ra's arrangements are as intricate and involved as any from the era, the song list draws heavily upon standards. That said, it might be recommended as a starting point for parties not acclimated to the artist's later and exceedingly aggressive free and avant-garde leanings. Hatty Randolph (vocals) joins the combo for a pair of refined vocals on the covers of "'Round Midnight" and "Back in Your Own Backyard." The Arkestra complement Randolph's full-bodied delivery with such finesse, it is a wonder there isn't evidence of more frequent collaborations like this. She adds a bluesy melancholia that nicely offsets the instrumentation. "You Never Told Me That You Care" -- co-written by Ra and Hobart Dotson (trumpet) -- stunningly demonstrates Ra's unmatched scoring and superlative sense of melody. The sweeping and languid tempo allows the tune to unravel organically. "Enlightenment" -- another co-composition by the pair -- is slightly more indicative of Ra's complex approach, as well as the style that would inform his later work, noted by the band's stridency around the comparatively progressive harmonics. When Sound Sun Pleasure was issued on compact disc in 1992, an additional seven selections were included. Chronologically, they are among the earliest known from Sun Ra, recorded at various times and locations between 1953 and 1956, yielding understandably sporadic sound quality. "Deep Purple" -- from a session held in Ra's apartment -- features contributions by Stuff Smith, while Wilbur Ware (bass) duets on an emotive "Can This Be Love." Arthur Hoyle (trumpet) makes one of his first Arkestra appearances on the bouncy post-bop original "Dreams Come True" that also sports a rare Clyde Williams vocal.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/06/1992
Label:
Evidence
UPC:
0730182201420
catalogNumber:
22014

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Performance Credits

Sun Ra Arkestra   Primary Artist
John Gilmore   Tenor Saxophone
James Spaulding   Multiple Reeds
Charles Davis   Baritone Saxophone
Marshall Allen   Alto Saxophone
Ronnie Boykins   Bass
Clifford Jarvis   Drums
Robert Barry   Drums
Hobart Dotson   Trumpet
Ahk Tal Ebah   Trumpet
Arthur Hoyle   Trumpet
Nimrod Hunt   Drums
Robert "Brother Ah" Northern   Flugelhorn
Pat Patrick   Baritone Saxophone
Sun Ra   Piano,Keyboards,Track Performer
Hatty Randolph   Vocals
Stuff Smith   Violin
Victor Sproles   Bass
Clyde Williams   Vocals
James Jacson   Drums
Danny Davis   Alto Saxophone
Danny Thompson   Multiple Reeds

Technical Credits

Jolson   Composer
Alton Abraham   Producer
Hobart Dotson   Composer
Jerry Gordon   Producer
Sun Ra   Composer
Dave Dreyer   Composer
Billy Rose   Composer

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