Super-Sonic Jazz

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All Music Guide - Ron Wynn
Sun Ra had only been heading his Arkestra for a couple of years when they recorded the 12 songs featured on this 1956 session. But while the arrangements, ensemble work, and solos are not as ambitious, expansive, or free-wheeling as they became on later outings, the groundwork was laid on such cuts as "India," "Sunology," and one of the first versions of "Blues at Midnight." Ra's band already had the essential swinging quality and first-class soloists, and he had gradually challenged them with compositions that did not rely on conventional hard bop riffs, chord changes, and structure but demanded a personalized approach and understanding of sound and rhythm far beyond standard...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ron Wynn
Sun Ra had only been heading his Arkestra for a couple of years when they recorded the 12 songs featured on this 1956 session. But while the arrangements, ensemble work, and solos are not as ambitious, expansive, or free-wheeling as they became on later outings, the groundwork was laid on such cuts as "India," "Sunology," and one of the first versions of "Blues at Midnight." Ra's band already had the essential swinging quality and first-class soloists, and he had gradually challenged them with compositions that did not rely on conventional hard bop riffs, chord changes, and structure but demanded a personalized approach and understanding of sound and rhythm far beyond standard thinking. You can hear in Ra's solos and those of John Gilmore, Pat Patrick, Charles Davis, and others an emerging freedom and looseness which would explode in the future.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/6/1992
  • Label: Evidence
  • UPC: 730182201529
  • Catalog Number: 22015
  • Sales rank: 70,601

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sun Ra Primary Artist, Piano, Track Performer
John Gilmore Tenor Saxophone, Tenor (Vocal)
Julian Priester Trombone
Charles Davis Baritone Saxophone, Baritone (Vocal)
Robert Barry Drums
William "Bugs" Cochran Drums
Wilburn Green Electric Bass
James Herndon Timbales, Timpani
Arthur Hoyle Trumpet
Pat Patrick Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Baritone (Vocal), Alto (Vocal)
James Scales Alto Saxophone, Alto (Vocal)
Victor Sproles Bass, Bass Saxophone
Jim Herndon Timbales, Timpani
Technical Credits
Alton Abraham Producer
Jerry Gordon Producer, Reissue Producer
Wilburn Green Bass Programming
Judith Salavetz Art Direction
Spencer Drate Art Direction
Claude Dangerfield Cover Art
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