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Phil Alvin with Sun Ra & Dirty Dozen Brass BandUnSung Stories ... CD
Warner/Big Beat (UK), 1986. New Copy ... $12.99 18.99
Maybe the strongest solo project ever from Phil Alvin – a late 80s effort dedicated to the romping R&B sounds of the 50s – done with great help from both the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and the Sun Ra Arkestra! A number of cuts are from the glory days of the R&B single – and the approach moves between tracks with Alvin's combo, one with the Dirty Dozen, and three especially nice tracks with the Arkestra! Given the way that Sun Ra's 80s material was often dipping back into earlier generations of jazz, the group make for a very strong fit with Phil's approach – on titles that include "Someone Stole Gabriel's Horn", "Titanic Blues", "Collins Cave", "Death In The Morning", "Next Week Sometime", and "The Old Man Of The Mountain". CD

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Sun RaAntique Blacks ... LP
Art Yard/Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... About September 15, 2019 (delayed)
Amazing work from Sun Ra – record that really features a great range of sounds and styles, and a heck of a lot of soul as well! Ra plays some especially nice rocksichord on the set – that freaky, fuzzy keyboard that comes off sounding like a guitar, even though it's played with keys – and there's some spiritual undercurrents to the set that are different than some of Ra's other albums with the instrument – some deeply feeling rhythms and soulful, spiritual expressions that really belie the Space Is The Place generation in which the album was cut. A few recitations imbue the record with a bold sense of poetry, which seems to be carried through strongly in the instrumentation too – especially on John Gilmore's tenor lines, which almost have a Shepp-like quality at points. Other players include Marshal Allen and Danny Davis on alto, Ahk Tal Ebah on trumpet, Clifford Jarvis on drums, and Sly on electric guitar – and titles include "Song No 1", "There Is Change In The Air", "Antique Blacks", "Would I For All That Place", "Ridiculous I & The Cosmos Me", and "This Song Is Dedicated To Nature's God". LP, Vinyl record album

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Sun RaAstro Black (2018 Record Store Day Release) ... CD
Impulse/Modern Harmonic, 1973. New Copy ... $15.99
One of the darkest Sun Ra albums of the early 70s – and a set that's also a bit unusual in his catalog as well! The album was issued during Ra's run with Impulse Records – a period that mostly saw the label reissue previous records from the Saturn catalog – save for a rare few like this one, which was an unusual all-new batch of material for Impulse! Because of that, it's been a bit overlooked in later years – maybe missed as less authentic, but actually some of the most striking sounds that Ra created at the time! There's a very strong tension here between electric and acoustic elements – not in the usual fusion-based way, but instead with this vibe that often has the electric instruments providing darker areas of sound, while the woodwinds and percussion have a way of humanizing the proceedings. June Tyson's also at her moodiest on the title track, "Astro Black" – and other titles include "Hidden Spheres", "Discipline 99", and the long improvisation "Cosmo Fire". CD
(Limited edition!)
Also available Astro Black (colored vinyl) ... LP 24.99

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Sun RaAstro Black (colored vinyl) ... LP
Impulse/Modern Harmonic, 1973. New Copy ... $24.99 25.99
One of the darkest Sun Ra albums of the early 70s – and a set that's also a bit unusual in his catalog as well! The album was issued during Ra's run with Impulse Records – a period that mostly saw the label reissue previous records from the Saturn catalog – save for a rare few like this one, which was an unusual all-new batch of material for Impulse! Because of that, it's been a bit overlooked in later years – maybe missed as less authentic, but actually some of the most striking sounds that Ra created at the time! There's a very strong tension here between electric and acoustic elements – not in the usual fusion-based way, but instead with this vibe that often has the electric instruments providing darker areas of sound, while the woodwinds and percussion have a way of humanizing the proceedings. June Tyson's also at her moodiest on the title track, "Astro Black" – and other titles include "Hidden Spheres", "Discipline 99", and the long improvisation "Cosmo Fire". LP, Vinyl record album
(On colored vinyl!)
Also available Astro Black (2018 Record Store Day Release) ... CD 15.99

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Sun RaContinuation (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Saturn/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1963. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99 19.99
Mindblowing music from Sun Ra & The Arkestra – sounds recorded during the same marathon session that gave the world the records Other Planes Of There, When Sun Comes Out, and When Angels Speak Of Love – but titles that are much more obscure overall! The initial release of the material featured very misleading notes, but the true details of the session are even more impressive – as Ra plays a variety of unusual instruments alongside piano – including the piano strings, space organ, and clavioline – alongside some sublime straight horn work from John Gilmore on tenor, Marshall Allen on alto and oboe, Pat Patrick on baritone, Danny Davis on alto and clarinet, Walter Miller on trumpet, Robert Cummings on bass clarinet, and Ali Hasaan on trombone! The lineup here has that raw power the Arkestra first unleashed after their initial move to New York – almost a sense of new freedom in the new environment – even at a time when they weren't clicking on a financial level, but still continued to push forward with new ideas in music! Some passages have this great approach that links the cosmic ideas of the Arkestra with older traditions of jazz soloing – while others reflect the growing concern of the group with new textures and sounds – making for some very impressive elements on both the horns and percussion. The group is completed by Ronnie Boykins on bass, Art Jenkins on space voice and percussion, and Tommy Hunter on drums, percussion, and some mighty nice reverb – and titles include "Biosphere Blues", "Intergalactic Research", "Earth Primitive Earth", "New Planet", and "Continuation To Jupiter Festival". Beautiful 2CD reissue features sublime sounds from the original tapes, remastered – plus a full bonus CD of unreleased tracks that include "Blue York", "Conversation Of The Universe", "Red Planet Mars", "Cosmic Rays/Next Stop Mars", "The Myth", "Meteor Shower", "Infinity", "The Beginning Of", and "Endlessness". CD

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Sun RaCosmos ... LP
Inner City, 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
One of the best-remembered Sun Ra albums from the 70s – a really cool little session that features Ra playing the unusual "rocksichord" all the way through! The instrument's a very weird one – kind of like a messed-up electric piano, with lots of cool broken notes and a weird fuzzed-out tone – one that almost feels like a guitar's being fitted into a keyboard, with almost psychedelic results! Ra's use of the rocksichord gives the album a really eerie, outer spacey sound – one that mixes strongly with more familiar jazz lines from John Gilmore on tenor, Marshall Allen on alto and flute, Danny Thompson on baritone, and Ahmed Abdullah on trumpet. Titles include "The Mystery Of Two", "Interstellar Low Ways", "Cosmos", "Moonship Journey", "Neo-Project #2", and "Jazz From An Unknown Planet". LP, Vinyl record album

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Sun RaCrystal Spears ... LP
Saturn/Modern Harmonic, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 25.99
A really wonderful album from Sun Ra and the Arkestra – recorded during their early 70s relationship with Impulse Records, but rejected by the label at the time – because the sound was too far ahead of its time! That lack is our gain, though – as the session's gone onto legendary status over the years – in part because of Ra's fantastic work on keyboards on the title track – which pave the way for the album's great mix of acoustic and electric elements! After the jagged keyboard interplay of "Crystal Spears", the set then moves into some great group numbers that build in the best tradition of the Arkestra's earliest work – but with the different of Ra on electric instead of acoustic – so that percussion interacts with the work of John Gilmore on tenor and Danny Davis on alto, everything sounds maybe even more spacey and other-worldly than it would if Ra was playing a standard piano. Other titles include "The Eternal Sphynx", "The Embassy Of The Living God", and the very long "Sunrise In The Western Sky" – all of which have a lot more keyboards. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Crystal Spears (2018 Black Friday Release) ... CD 15.99

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Sun RaCrystal Spears (2018 Black Friday Release) ... CD
Saturn/Modern Harmonic, 1974. New Copy ... $15.99
A really wonderful album from Sun Ra and the Arkestra – recorded during their early 70s relationship with Impulse Records, but rejected by the label at the time – because the sound was too far ahead of its time! That lack is our gain, though – as the session's gone onto legendary status over the years – in part because of Ra's fantastic work on keyboards on the title track – which pave the way for the album's great mix of acoustic and electric elements! After the jagged keyboard interplay of "Crystal Spears", the set then moves into some great group numbers that build in the best tradition of the Arkestra's earliest work – but with the different of Ra on electric instead of acoustic – so that percussion interacts with the work of John Gilmore on tenor and Danny Davis on alto, everything sounds maybe even more spacey and other-worldly than it would if Ra was playing a standard piano. Other titles include "The Eternal Sphynx", "The Embassy Of The Living God", and the very long "Sunrise In The Western Sky" – all of which have a lot more keyboards. CD
(Limited edition!)
Also available Crystal Spears ... LP 23.99

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Sun RaCymbals/Symbols Sessions – New York City 1973 ... LP
Modern Harmonic, 1973. Sealed 2LP Gatefold ... $29.99
A lost slice of work from Sun Ra's early 70s years on Impulse Records – one of the few new recordings created for his association with that label (most of the titles were reissues of earlier Saturn albums) – but one that was never issued at the time! Cymbals saw some release later, during the 90s – but this package really expands on that album by adding in a whole extra set of recordings from what appear to be the same sessions – and which really flesh out the vibe of the performance! The core group is a sextet – with Ra at the helm on some of his cool electric keyboards – including minimoog, rocksichord, and Gibson Kalamazoo – with acoustic work from Eloe Omoe on bass clarinet, Tal Ebah on trumpet, Ronny Boykins on bass, Harry Ar on drums, and Derek Morris on congas. Much of the core music explores a tension between Ra's cosmic keys and the more earthy sound of the acoustic instruments – but the added material here opens up some nicely different moods, and makes the whole thing explode with deep colors. Titles on Cymbals include "Land Of The Day Star", "Thoughts Under A Dark Blue Light", "The Mystery Of Two", and "The World Of The Invisible" – and added tracks include "Space Landing", "Of Drastic Measures", "Of Otherness", "The Universe Is Calling", and "Destination Of The Known Universe". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Cymbals/Symbols Sessions – New York City 1973 (2018 Record Store Day Release) ... CD 24.99

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Sun RaCymbals/Symbols Sessions – New York City 1973 (2018 Record Store Day Release) ... CD
Modern Harmonic, 1973. New Copy 2CD ... $24.99 25.99
A lost slice of work from Sun Ra's early 70s years on Impulse Records – one of the few new recordings created for his association with that label (most of the titles were reissues of earlier Saturn albums) – but one that was never issued at the time! Cymbals saw some release later, during the 90s – but this package really expands on that album by adding in a whole extra set of recordings from what appear to be the same sessions – and which really flesh out the vibe of the performance! The core group is a sextet – with Ra at the helm on some of his cool electric keyboards – including minimoog, rocksichord, and Gibson Kalamazoo – with acoustic work from Eloe Omoe on bass clarinet, Tal Ebah on trumpet, Ronny Boykins on bass, Harry Ar on drums, and Derek Morris on congas. Much of the core music explores a tension between Ra's cosmic keys and the more earthy sound of the acoustic instruments – but the added material here opens up some nicely different moods, and makes the whole thing explode with deep colors. Titles on Cymbals include "Land Of The Day Star", "Thoughts Under A Dark Blue Light", "The Mystery Of Two", and "The World Of The Invisible" – and added tracks include "Space Landing", "Of Drastic Measures", "Of Otherness", "The Universe Is Calling", and "Destination Of The Known Universe". CD
(Limited edition!)
Also available Cymbals/Symbols Sessions – New York City 1973 (colored vinyl) ... LP 33.99

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Sun RaCymbals/Symbols Sessions – New York City 1973 (colored vinyl) ... LP
Modern Harmonic, 1973. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $33.99 35.99
A lost slice of work from Sun Ra's early 70s years on Impulse Records – one of the few new recordings created for his association with that label (most of the titles were reissues of earlier Saturn albums) – but one that was never issued at the time! Cymbals saw some release later, during the 90s – but this package really expands on that album by adding in a whole extra set of recordings from what appear to be the same sessions – and which really flesh out the vibe of the performance! The core group is a sextet – with Ra at the helm on some of his cool electric keyboards – including minimoog, rocksichord, and Gibson Kalamazoo – with acoustic work from Eloe Omoe on bass clarinet, Tal Ebah on trumpet, Ronny Boykins on bass, Harry Ar on drums, and Derek Morris on congas. Much of the core music explores a tension between Ra's cosmic keys and the more earthy sound of the acoustic instruments – but the added material here opens up some nicely different moods, and makes the whole thing explode with deep colors. Titles on Cymbals include "Land Of The Day Star", "Thoughts Under A Dark Blue Light", "The Mystery Of Two", and "The World Of The Invisible" – and added tracks include "Space Landing", "Of Drastic Measures", "Of Otherness", "The Universe Is Calling", and "Destination Of The Known Universe". LP, Vinyl record album
(On colored vinyl!)
Also available Cymbals/Symbols Sessions – New York City 1973 (2018 Record Store Day Release) ... CD 24.99

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Sun RaExotica ... CD
Modern Harmonic, Late 50s/1960s. New Copy 2CD ... $23.99 24.98
A fantastic take on the music of Sun Ra – a set that looks at the way his sounds dovetailed with the exotica movement in American music of the postwar years! Given that he claimed to be from outer space, Ra was already pretty darn exotic himself – but his music also arose at a time when artists like Martin Denny and Les Baxter were taking global sounds and fusing them into more mainstream American music, including jazz – with results that have become legendary over the years! And while Denny, Baxter, and other contemporaries were more involved with mood music, Ra was part of a generation of jazz musicians – such as Yusef Lateef or Wilbur Harden – who were working a richer vein of the territory for jazz – as you'll hear in these wonderful tracks. The set brings together key sides from the earliest Ra recordings, plus some unissued material too – done in the really great style of the other Modern Harmonic reissues in recent years. Unissued titles include "April In Paris", "Paradise", "Star Bright", "Spontaneous Simplicity", "Somewhere In Space", and "Cha Cha In Outer Space" – and other titles include "Overtones Of China", "Tiny Pyramids", "The Nile (part 1)", "Kingdom Of Thunder", "Ancient Aiethopia", "India", "Friendly Galaxy", and "Africa" – plus the complete version of "Island In The Sun". CD

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Sun RaGod Is More Than Love Can Ever Be ... CD
Saturn/Cosmic Myth, 1979. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
One of the rarest 70s albums in the Sun Ra catalog – and one of the most unique, too – given that the format here is a piano trio, of the style often used by other jazz musicians – but completely transformed here in the hands of Ra! The music is sometimes straight, but always with angles – taking off nicely from the Horo Records mode right before – and delivered by Ra with this new sense of confidence and historical imagination on the keys of the piano – with great support from Richard Williams on bass and Luqman Ali on drums. There's no spacey production or weird instrumentation – but still, as with the Horo and Improvising Artists material, Sun Ra shows us what a tremendous jazz musician he can be in a more familiar setting – a great snap back to all those who ever might have called him a pretender. Titles include "Blythe Spirit Dance", "Tenderness", "Days Of Happiness", and "Magic City Blue". CD
Also available God Is More Than Love Can Ever Be ... LP 19.99

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Sun RaGod Is More Than Love Can Ever Be ... LP
Saturn/Cosmic Myth, 1979. Sealed ... $18.99
One of the rarest 70s albums in the Sun Ra catalog – and one of the most unique, too – given that the format here is a piano trio, of the style often used by other jazz musicians – but completely transformed here in the hands of Ra! The music is sometimes straight, but always with angles – taking off nicely from the Horo Records mode right before – and delivered by Ra with this new sense of confidence and historical imagination on the keys of the piano – with great support from Richard Williams on bass and Luqman Ali on drums. There's no spacey production or weird instrumentation – but still, as with the Horo and Improvising Artists material, Sun Ra shows us what a tremendous jazz musician he can be in a more familiar setting – a great snap back to all those who ever might have called him a pretender. Titles include "Blythe Spirit Dance", "Tenderness", "Days Of Happiness", and "Magic City Blue". LP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap has a small hole in one corner.)
Also available God Is More Than Love Can Ever Be ... CD 12.99

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Sun RaGod Is More Than Love Can Ever Be ... LP
Saturn/Cosmic Myth, 1979. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99 20.98
One of the rarest 70s albums in the Sun Ra catalog – and one of the most unique, too – given that the format here is a piano trio, of the style often used by other jazz musicians – but completely transformed here in the hands of Ra! The music is sometimes straight, but always with angles – taking off nicely from the Horo Records mode right before – and delivered by Ra with this new sense of confidence and historical imagination on the keys of the piano – with great support from Richard Williams on bass and Luqman Ali on drums. There's no spacey production or weird instrumentation – but still, as with the Horo and Improvising Artists material, Sun Ra shows us what a tremendous jazz musician he can be in a more familiar setting – a great snap back to all those who ever might have called him a pretender. Titles include "Blythe Spirit Dance", "Tenderness", "Days Of Happiness", and "Magic City Blue". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available God Is More Than Love Can Ever Be ... CD 12.99

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Sun RaGreat Lost Sun Ra Albums – Cymbals & Crystal Spears ... CD
Evidence, 1973. Used 2 CDs ... $11.99
2CDs worth of previously unissued material! Both records – Cymbals and Crystal Spears – were originally due to be released on Impulse during the same stretch that the label was repackaging older Saturn albums, but were never issued because of all the messed up relations that quickly terminated what should have been a much longer deal. (Some of this is nicely outlined in the good set of notes that go with the set.) Cymbals features 3 tracks that did appear on a Saturn album called Deep Purple, plus 2 titles that were never issued before – and the set features Ra on organ Rocksichord, vibes, and organ – playing very out and raucously with a group that includes Danny Davis, John Gilmore, and Akh Tal Ebah. Crystal Spears is a lot more introspective, and takes us back to earlier years of the Arkestra. Ra's on organ, marimba, mini moog, and vibes – and the rest of the group's playing a variety of horns and percussion. Tracks include "Crystal Spears", "Sunrise In The Western Sky", "The Embassy Of The Living God", "Thoughts Under A Dark Blue Light", and "The Mystery Of Two". CD

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Sun RaHeliocentric Worlds Of Sun Ra Vol 1 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
ESP, 1965. New Copy ... $24.99
A seminal set from Sun Ra – even if it's one of his few 60s albums not on the Saturn label! The set was done for ESP during the glory days of that avant powerhouse – a perfect match, given the Arkestra's relocation to New York, and the label's ability to reach out to big new audiences for exciting music – a fact that certainly made this album one of the most widely-circulated Ra albums for many years to come. The group here works in formation that holds up strongly with the Saturn sides – John Gilmore on tenor, Marshall Allen on alto, Teddy Nance on trombone, Chris Capers on trumpet, Danny Davis on flute and alto, and Ra on piano, bass marimba, and some especially nice electronic celeste! Things get quite out at points – freer almost than other Arkestra sides of the time – and titles include "Outer Nothingness", "Other Worlds", "Nebulae", "Dancing In the Sun", "The Cosmos", and "Of Heavenly Things". LP, Vinyl record album

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Sun RaHeliocentric Worlds Of Sun Ra Vol 2 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
ESP, 1965. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99
The second set of Heliocentric tracks that Ra recorded for ESP, with a freer feel than the first volume, and a bit more avant-oriented work overall. Ra and the group play a lot of percussion – and Ra himself is on tuned bongos, piano, and clavioline, which has a very nice spooky sound! The reed work on the album is by Robert Cummings, John Gilmore, Pat Patrick, and Marshall Allen – with bass by Ronnie Boykin and percussion by Roger Blank. Tracks include "Cosmic Chaos", "House of Beauty", and "The Sun Myth". LP, Vinyl record album

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Sun RaJanus ... LP
ORG, Late 60s. New Copy ... $22.99 24.98
An unusual Sun Ra album – one that was never fully released in this way at the time, although supposedly conceived by RA as a complete package! Side one features material that originally appeared on the rare Invisible Shield album on Saturn –the tracks "Island In The Sun", "Invisible Shield", and "Janus" – which seem to have been recorded around 1970. "Island In The Sun" has a slow bass-heavy groove that's really compelling, and very spare. "Janus" has some great production, and lots of weird echoey bits! Other material includes the track "Velvet", an earlier composition done here in a rougher-edged way, with some great baritone by Pat Patrick – and "Joy", which is relatively improvised, with Ra playing plenty of bold piano, and Danny Davis blowing an alto solo, before Ra swings in on clavioline! LP, Vinyl record album

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Sun RaLost Arkestra Vol 2 (10 inch LP) ... LP
Kindred Spirits/Art Yard (Netherlands), Mid 70s. Near Mint- ... $23.99
A limited edition vinyl nugget – one that brings forth three rare tracks from the Cosmo Earth Fantasy project! First up is the beautiful "World Of Africa" – a tune that's partly chanted vocals over percussion, partly skittish guitar that dips and turns all over the groove – in a really exotic, hypnotic sort of way! "Love Is Always" is this sublime ballad – with Ra playing echoey piano lines over slow percussion, which then opens up to a soulful tenor solo that's incredible – the Arkestra at their spiritual best! "Space Is The Place" completes the record – but done here in a very offbeat, upbeat version that features lots of chanting and changing up the groove – much more live and spontaneous than any other take we've heard of the tune – almost as if they're forming the track out of spoken ideas between members of the Arkestra! LP, Vinyl record album

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Sun RaMonorails & Satellites Vols 1 to 3 – Works For Solo Piano ... CD
Saturn/Cosmic Myth, 1966. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99 15.98
Fantastic material from the legendary Sun Ra – groundbreaking solo piano material, which shows a completely different side of his genius away from his work with the Arkestra! The package presents all volumes of Ra's seminal sides from 1966 – including a third volume, which has never been released at all – making for the most comprehensive package to ever document this side of his work in a more intimate manner! There's a sensitivity to these tracks that's really amazing – still moments of freedom that reflect Ra's connection to the avant garde of the time – but also echoes of Art Tatum and other stylists who influenced his initial vision in the early days – interwoven with his own sense of cosmic creation, in ways that are similar to his later solo projects – but which didn't often show up in other Saturn material of the time. Some tracks are altered standards, but many others are really great originals – and titles include the unreleased "Soundscapes", "The Eternal Tomorrow", "The Changing Wind", "World Island Festival", "Today Is Not Yesterday", "How Am I To Know", and "Yesterdays" – plus "Caloundronius", "Perspective Prismis Of Is", "Solar Boats", "The Ninth Eye", "Space Towers", "Cognition", "The Galaxy Way", "The Alter Destiny", and "Blue Differentials". CD
Also available Monorails & Satellites Vols 1 to 3 – Works For Solo Piano (3LP set) ... LP 31.99

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Sun RaMonorails & Satellites Vols 1 to 3 – Works For Solo Piano (3LP set) ... LP
Saturn/Cosmic Myth, 1966. New Copy 3LP Gatefold ... $31.99 34.98
Fantastic material from the legendary Sun Ra – groundbreaking solo piano material, which shows a completely different side of his genius away from his work with the Arkestra! The package presents all volumes of Ra's seminal sides from 1966 – including a third volume, which has never been released at all – making for the most comprehensive package to ever document this side of his work in a more intimate manner! There's a sensitivity to these tracks that's really amazing – still moments of freedom that reflect Ra's connection to the avant garde of the time – but also echoes of Art Tatum and other stylists who influenced his initial vision in the early days – interwoven with his own sense of cosmic creation, in ways that are similar to his later solo projects – but which didn't often show up in other Saturn material of the time. Some tracks are altered standards, but many others are really great originals – and titles include the unreleased "Soundscapes", "The Eternal Tomorrow", "The Changing Wind", "World Island Festival", "Today Is Not Yesterday", "How Am I To Know", and "Yesterdays" – plus "Caloundronius", "Perspective Prismis Of Is", "Solar Boats", "The Ninth Eye", "Space Towers", "Cognition", "The Galaxy Way", "The Alter Destiny", and "Blue Differentials". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Monorails & Satellites Vols 1 to 3 – Works For Solo Piano ... CD 14.99

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Sun RaOf Abstract Dreams ... CD
Strut (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $13.99 15.98
A fantastic album from Sun Ra and the Arkestra – one that we'd rank right up there with our favorites on the Saturn Records label! The work here has never been issued, and it's extremely beautiful, too – pulled from a few just-discovered studio sessions done after the group was parting ways with Impulse Records, and mostly recording in a live environment! There's an intimacy to these studio tracks that's a nice difference from some of the more freewheeling live work of the period – moments that almost hearken back to the exotic jazz of the earliest Saturn years of the group, mixed with some other currents that seem to point the way towards the excellent Horo Records material to come – especially in the way Ra is phrasing things on his piano. Most groups are relatively small, and titles include the lovely "Island In The Sun" with Marshall Allen on some great flute; a studio take on "Unmask The Batman", better known from live sets, and a playful tune that hints at the group's work on the Dan & Dale Batman album in the 60s; a spiritual stormer "I'll Wait For You", with great piano from Ra and an excellent tenor solo from John Gilmore; and a take on "New Dawn" with work by Marshall Allen on alto, Elo Umoe on bass clarinet, and Danny Ray Thompson on baritone. CD

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Sun RaPathways To Unknown Worlds (gold vinyl pressing) ... LP
Impulse/Modern Harmonic, 1975. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $23.99 24.99
The final album issued by Impulse Records in their short-lived, ill-fated partnership with Sun Ra – and maybe the most far-reaching of the bunch! The album features three long tracks – all of them relatively open and unbridled – put together with less of a song structure than some of the group's other Impulse albums, at a level that's also quite far from some of their more spiritual modes of the early 70s too! Percussion figures strongly, but in a loose way – with less of the rhythmic pulse or exotic modes of the group's roots – and the real strength of the set lies in the reeds at many moments – handled by Eloe Omoe, Danny Ray Thompson, Marshal Allen, and John Gilmore – all given this strong focus by the incredible bass of Ronnie Boykins. Ra himself creates these fantastic sounds on an other-worldly keyboard – most likely some offbeat 70s electric organ with effects – and titles include "Pathways to Unknown Worlds", "Extension Out", and "Cosmo-Media". This version features the original "Extension Out" – with five minutes that were not on the original release! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Pathways To Unknown Worlds (with bonus tracks) ... CD 13.99

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Sun RaPathways To Unknown Worlds (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Impulse/Modern Harmonic, 1975. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
The final album issued by Impulse Records in their short-lived, ill-fated partnership with Sun Ra – and maybe the most far-reaching of the bunch! The album features three long tracks – all of them relatively open and unbridled – put together with less of a song structure than some of the group's other Impulse albums, at a level that's also quite far from some of their more spiritual modes of the early 70s too! Percussion figures strongly, but in a loose way – with less of the rhythmic pulse or exotic modes of the group's roots – and the real strength of the set lies in the reeds at many moments – handled by Eloe Omoe, Danny Ray Thompson, Marshal Allen, and John Gilmore – all given this strong focus by the incredible bass of Ronnie Boykins. Ra himself creates these fantastic sounds on an other-worldly keyboard – most likely some offbeat 70s electric organ with effects – and titles include "Pathways to Unknown Worlds", "Extension Out", and "Cosmo-Media". This version features the original "Extension Out" – with five minutes that were not on the original release! CD also features bonus tracks from the same sessions – "View From A Mountain Top", "Intrinsic Energies", and "Of Mythic Worlds" – the last two of which appeared on the late 70s Philly Jazz album Of Mythic Worlds – but which are from these sessions. CD
Also available Pathways To Unknown Worlds (gold vinyl pressing) ... LP 23.99

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Sun RaPathways To Unknown Worlds/Friendly Love ... CD
Saturn/Evidence, 1973. Used ... $6.99
Two rare albums recorded in 1973 – one previously issued, one appearing here for the first time! Pathways To Unknown Worlds has the group playing a host of odd instruments – including space dimension mellophone, ancient Egyptian Infinity Drum, vibes, and moog – as well as the usual array of horns and percussion – and the sound of the album is quite spare and spacey, as screeching horn solos intersect with tones and colors from the other instruments, in one of the more space-agey Ra sessions from the 70s. Friendly Love was conceived as a four-part suite – and features Ra on organ and mini-moog, dominating the horns and percussion of the session with some very spooky keyboards. Titles include "Pathways To Unknown Worlds", "Extension Out", "Cosmo-Media", and "Friendly Love (parts 1 to 4)". CD

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Sun RaPictures Of Infinity ... LP
Black Lion, 1968. Near Mint- ... $59.99
A classic Sun Ra set from the late 60s – recorded in New York in 1968, and featuring a lineup that includes Kwami Hadi on trumpet, Marshall Allen and Danny Davis on alto and flute, John Gilmore on tenor and drums, and Pat Patrick on baritone and flute – all classic players who are the height of their most expressive powers here! The sound is quite "out" overall – really jamming in an almost free jazz sort of way at times – showing the growing boldness and confidence of the Arkestra, as they keep ahead of the pack of all the younger artists they've inspired by this point in their career. Titles include "Saturn", "Song of the Sparer", "Spontaneous Simplicity", and "Outerspaceways Incorporated". LP, Vinyl record album
(UK Polydor pressing.)

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Sun RaRocket Number Nine (10 inch colored vinyl EP) ... LP
Modern Harmonic, 1959/1960/1962. New Copy ... $13.99 15.99
Great early work from Sun Ra & The Arkestra – two never-issued tracks, and a classic Saturn Records groove! "Rocket Number Nine" may well be one of the group's strongest early anthems – a propulsive number that's bold enough to soar to the skies – driven by old school snapping snare, but given a very moody vibe by the group's chanting, and some very offbeat horn solos! "Ankhnation" is a never-issued track – one that has a great mix of comping chords from Ra on piano and right rhythm lines – with lots of nice solos over the top from John Gilmore, Pat Patrick, and Hobart Dotson – almost a Yusef Lateef track overall. Last up is the previously-unissued "Project Black Mass" – a tune that has all these cool percussion bits and piano notes in a flurry – almost a more outside take on the style of Moondog! LP, Vinyl record album

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Sun RaSolar-Myth Approach Vol 2 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
BYG/Actuel, 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $11.99
The 2nd volume of the Solar-Myth sessions! Recorded in New York in 1970, with an Arkestra that includes Kwame Hadi, Ali Hassan, Danny Davis, John Gilmore, and Clifford Jarvis – and instrumentation that includes moog, space dimension mellophone, ancient Egyptian Infinity drum, and lots of other weird percussion instruments. Longer titles are "The Utter Nots", "Scene 1, Take 1", and "Strange Worlds", and the whole thing's packaged in a glossy gatefold cover, with good photos of the band, and a good cover shot of Ra wearing cool goofy glasses! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Solar-Myth Approach Vol 2 (BYG pressing) ... LP 29.99

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Sun RaSolar-Myth Approach Vol 2 (BYG pressing) ... LP
BYG/Actuel (France), 1970. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $29.99
2nd volume of the Solar-Myth sessions! Recorded in New York in 1970, with an Arkestra that includes Kwame Hadi, Ali Hassan, Danny Davis, John Gilmore, and Clifford Jarvis – and instrumentation that includes moog, space dimension mellophone, ancient Egyptian Infinity drum, and lots of other weird percussion instruments. Longer titles are "The Utter Nots", "Scene 1, Take 1", and "Strange Worlds", and the whole thing's packaged in a glossy gatefold cover, with good photos of the band, and a good cover shot of Ra wearing cool goofy glasses! LP, Vinyl record album
(80s Affinity pressing. Cover has an unglued top seam.)
Also available Solar-Myth Approach Vol 2 (180 gram pressing) ... LP 11.99

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Sun RaStandards ... LP
ORG, Early 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 24.98
A really unusual setting for Sun Ra – given that the legendary jazz figure is working here on a host of American songbook standards – and not the cosmic tunes of his own creation! And yes, as you might guess, there's an offbeat feel to almost all the performances here – which stand as a great way of illustrating the deep respect for jazz history that Ra had, even though he was always pushing the music in different directions! There's a number of moments that are quite respectful of the melodies, while others are a bit more offbeat – and the work features Ra solo on one track, working with the bass of Ronnie Boykins and tenor of John Gilmore on the rest, plus work from drummer Clifford Jarvis and trumpeter Walter Miller on four titles. Tracks include "Can This Be Love", "Keep Your Sunny Side Up", "But Not For Me", "Time After Time", and "Easy To Love". First time on vinyl! LP, Vinyl record album

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Sun RaSun Embassy ... LP
Roaratorio, 1968/1969. Near Mint- ... $19.99
Rare late 60s material from the Sun Ra Arkestra – all recorded at their home turf in Philly at the time – in the very comfortable setting of the Sun Studios! The music here is really beautiful – different than some of the more freewheeling live performances of the period, and maybe even sometimes hinting at deeper spiritual currents that would emerge in the 70s – but on shorter tracks that each have their own sort of flavor, amidst a fair bit of swinging, soulful moments! Most groups here are relatively small – the biggest appears to be a septet – and key players include John Gilmore on tenor and clarinet, Danny Davis on alto, Marshall Allen on alto and flute, Walter Miller on trumpet, Ronnie Boykins on bass, and Nimrod Hunt, Danny Ray Thompson, and Lex Humphries on percussion. Ra himself plays a nicely wide range of electric keyboards – Yamaha organ, clavinet, and Spacemaster – as well as percussion – and titles include "The Stranger", "Dance Of Fire", "Cosmic Strut", "Sun Embassy", "Walk Around Saturn", "Why Go To The Moon", "Sunology", "My Reality Is Real", and "Ancient Aethiopia". LP, Vinyl record album

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Sun RaSun Song (aka Jazz By Sun Ra) ... LP
Transition/Delmark, 1956. Near Mint- ... $49.99
Sun Ra's first album as a leader – originally issued on the Transition label, but presented here in its better-known incarnation by Delmark Records! Even at this early point, Ra had a sound unlike any of his contemporaries – large group and modern, but not in a way that showed any similarities to work going on in New York or LA – a voice that was all his own, and already quite boldly stated, even in these early years! The format might be somewhat familiar – an ensemble with horns and rhythm – but the overall execution really starts to open up as the album moves on – with odd phrasings, timings, and unusual moments that live up to all the promise you might expect from Ra. Even Mingus and some of his better-known contemporaries weren't heading in these directions in the mid 50s – and the record is a proud showcase of the freedoms that players were often accorded in the less-trafficked Chicago scene of the time. Horns include Art Hoyle & Dave Young on trumpets, John Gilmore on tenor sax, Pat Patrick on baritone, Julian Priester on trombone, and James Scales on alto sax – and rhythm includes Jim Herndon on tympani, Robert Barry on drums, Wilbur Green on electric bass, and a young Richard Evans on acoustic bass! Titles include "Brainville", "Call For All Demons", "Transition", "Lullaby For Realville", "Street Named Hell", "New Horizons", "Fall Off The Long", "Possession", and "Future". LP, Vinyl record album
(Light blue label West Grand pressing in a West Grand cover.)

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Sun Ra & John CageJohn Cage Meets Sun Ra – The Complete Film (DVD & clear vinyl 7 inch single) (2019 Record Store Day Release) ... DVD
Modern Harmonic, 1987. New Copy DVD & 7 inch ... $25.99
A fantastic package – a 7" sleeve that contains the full film of the meeting between Sun Ra and John Cage – legendary meeting of talents from two different sides of the underground – avant composer Cage and jazz visionary Ra – both performing together at a special one-night event that took place at Coney Island in 1987! The set doesn't really feature Ra jamming with Cage (as if anyone could "jam" with John Cage!) – and instead, both players were on the stage at the same time, but would each step aside to let the other do their thing – Cage would vocalize in these amazing passages that are right up there with the most beautiful vocal work he ever did, alongside some "silent" performances too – and Ra would play keyboard solos that have a beautifully offbeat electric vibe! The package features the full film on DVD for the first time ever – and also includes a bonus 7" single – with the selections "Empty Words & Keyboards" and "Silent Duet 2" – both of them very unusual meetings of the minds. DVD

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Sun Ra (listed as Dan & Dale)Batman & Robin ... CD
Universe (Italy), 1966. Used ... $18.99
Holy Saturn! This is an incredibly rare album that has Sun Ra & The Arkestra shilling for bucks by playing jazzy versions of cartoony themes – wrapped up in a "Batman & Robin" package designed to cash in on the popularity of the mid 60s TV show! Ra plays Hammond B-3 on a number of cuts, and other players include Jimmy Owens, Tom McIntosh, and members of the Blues Project. The session was put together by Ed Bland – director of the Cry Of Jazz, who later went on to arrange and produce a lot of weird funky records in New York. Wild – and with a great cover! Titles include "Batman Theme", "Joker Is Wild", "Robin's Theme", "Flight Of The Batman", "Penguin Chase", and "Batman & Robin Over The Roofs". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Sun RaJazz In Silhouette ... CD
Saturn/Evidence, 1958. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sun Ra's really moving forward with this classic set – refining the sound of his Chicago-based Arkestra, and reaching for new territory that moves him way past familiar jazz modes! The cover bills the group as playing "music from tomorrow's world" – and you can definitely hear that on some titles here, including one number that features Ra on some really haunting celeste, and another that features Marshall Allen making weird noises with his mouthpiece! The group is all greats from the old days – John Gilmore on tenor, Marshall Allen on flute, Pat Patrick on baritone and flute, James Spaulding on alto and flute, Hobart Dotson on trumpet, Charles Davis on baritone, and Ronnie Boykins on bass – and titles include "Hours After", "Saturn", "Ancient Ethiopia", and "Blues At Midnight". CD

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✨✧ Sun RaOther Side Of The Sun (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Sweet Earth, 1979. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great late 70s session by Sun Ra – released on the small Sweet Earth label, recorded in 1979, with a version of the Arkestra that includes John Gilmore on tenor, Marshall Allen on alto, Eddie Gale on trumpet, and June Tyson on vocals – plus Sun Ra himself on Fender Rhodes, percussion, and a bit of vocals too! There's a few longer straighter tracks, like "Sunny Side Of The Street" and "Manhattan Cocktail", but the real highlight is the album's funky version of "Space Is The Place", which sounds like a lost groover by Oneness Of Juju! Another nice funky track is "Space Fling", which has kind of a New Orleans stompin groove to it. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Sun RaSpace Is The Place ... LP
Blue Thumb, Early 70s. Near Mint- Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A brilliant record by Sun Ra & The Arkestra – and an album that forever gave them a slogan to live by! The record's different than some of the other Arkestra work from the time – in that it's a bit tighter and more spiritual, more in keeping with the style of the Blue Thumb label, for which it was recorded – and soaring along on a wave of post-Coltrane spiritual jazz enthusiasm. Side one features the ultimate recording of "Space Is The Place" – an anthemic tune that blends chanting, modal rhythms, and some incredibly soulful solo work – making for one of the Arkestra's most perfectly realized tunes! That gem runs for over 20 minutes – and other shorter tracks on the album include "Discipline", "Images", "Sea Of Sound", and "Rocket Number Nine". LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram EU pressing.)

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✨✧ Sun Ra & His ArkestraSpace Jazz ... LP
Not Now, Mid 50s-Early 60s. Near Mint- 3LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Pressed on pink vinyl.)

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✨✧ Sun Ra, Peter Brotzmann, & OthersEye & Ear (original pressing) ... CD
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1960s/1970s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really unique collection of work – filled with previously unreleased tunes by a host of jazz and avant notables – all pulled together as part of an art exhibit! The exhibition's titled Eye & Ear, and focuses on paintings and art works by a great variety of talents who are better known for their musical work – but who also have spent quite a bit of time on the visual arts as well. Supposedly, all tracks are exclusive to this collection – pulled together by the Corbett Vs Demsey team – and titles include the completely unlikely "Jada", a duet between structural filmmaker Michael Snow and trad jazz legend Pee Wee Russell – plus "I Don't Believe In Love" by Sun Ra, "Take 5" by Peter Brotzmann & Han Bennink, "Weave & Raze" by Hal Rammel, "#2" by Sebi Tramontana & Lou Mallozzi, "November" by Mark Booth, and "Dickie's Dream" by Dave Coleman & Friends. CD

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✨✧ Sun RaGod Is More Than Love Can Ever Be ... LP
Saturn, 1979. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
One of the rarest 70s albums in the Sun Ra catalog – and one of the most unique, too – given that the format here is a piano trio, of the style often used by other jazz musicians – but completely transformed here in the hands of Ra! The music is sometimes straight, but always with angles – taking off nicely from the Horo Records mode right before – and delivered by Ra with this new sense of confidence and historical imagination on the keys of the piano – with great support from Richard Williams on bass and Luqman Ali on drums. There's no spacey production or weird instrumentation – but still, as with the Horo and Improvising Artists material, Sun Ra shows us what a tremendous jazz musician he can be in a more familiar setting – a great snap back to all those who ever might have called him a pretender. Titles include "Blythe Spirit Dance", "Tenderness", "Days Of Happiness", and "Magic City Blue". LP, Vinyl record album
(In a white sleeve with title printed at the bottom, and hand-pasted labels. Vinyl has a very short click, but is quite nice overall.)

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✨✧ Sun RaHeliocentric Worlds Of Sun Ra Vol 1 (yellow cover) ... LP
ESP, 1965. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
A seminal set from Sun Ra – even if it's one of his few 60s albums not on the Saturn label! The set was done for ESP during the glory days of that avant powerhouse – a perfect match, given the Arkestra's relocation to New York, and the label's ability to reach out to big new audiences for exciting music – a fact that certainly made this album one of the most widely-circulated Ra albums for many years to come. The group here works in formation that holds up strongly with the Saturn sides – John Gilmore on tenor, Marshall Allen on alto, Teddy Nance on trombone, Chris Capers on trumpet, Danny Davis on flute and alto, and Ra on piano, bass marimba, and some especially nice electronic celeste! Things get quite out at points – freer almost than other Arkestra sides of the time – and titles include "Outer Nothingness", "Other Worlds", "Nebulae", "Dancing In the Sun", "The Cosmos", and "Of Heavenly Things". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Sun RaSun Embassy ... LP
Roaratorio, 1968/1969. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Rare late 60s material from the Sun Ra Arkestra – all recorded at their home turf in Philly at the time – in the very comfortable setting of the Sun Studios! The music here is really beautiful – different than some of the more freewheeling live performances of the period, and maybe even sometimes hinting at deeper spiritual currents that would emerge in the 70s – but on shorter tracks that each have their own sort of flavor, amidst a fair bit of swinging, soulful moments! Most groups here are relatively small – the biggest appears to be a septet – and key players include John Gilmore on tenor and clarinet, Danny Davis on alto, Marshall Allen on alto and flute, Walter Miller on trumpet, Ronnie Boykins on bass, and Nimrod Hunt, Danny Ray Thompson, and Lex Humphries on percussion. Ra himself plays a nicely wide range of electric keyboards – Yamaha organ, clavinet, and Spacemaster – as well as percussion – and titles include "The Stranger", "Dance Of Fire", "Cosmic Strut", "Sun Embassy", "Walk Around Saturn", "Why Go To The Moon", "Sunology", "My Reality Is Real", and "Ancient Aethiopia". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
Also available Sun Embassy ... LP 19.99

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✨✧ Sun Ra & His Astro Infinity ArkestraIntergalactic Thing (with download) ... LP
Roaratorio, 1969. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Never-heard music from the legendary Sun Ra Arkestra – pulled from four different sessions recorded at the group's Philadelphia home in 1969 – and every bit as impressive as the Saturn Records material from the time! The recording quality is great – these aren't random snippets of sounds caught on a cassette – and Ra's really trying out some new ideas with the Arkestra – sometimes working in highly percussive modes that feel like a late 60s update of the exoticism of the group in their final Chicago years – sometimes bringing in more electric elements, as Ra himself plays both Farfisa and a Hohner clavinet – no piano at all! Other players include the mighty John Gilmore on tenor, Doug Williams on trumpet and "space dimension mellophone", Marshall Allen and Danny Davis on altos and flutes, Danny Ray Thompson on alto, James Jacson on percussion – and all other members of the group play percussion too – which makes for plenty of percussive moments! Notes are by Robert Campbell – the Sun Ra expert – and titles include "The Others From Another World", "Discipline Of The Pharoahs", "Latent Friends", "Moon Over Saturn", "Principles Of The Pharoahs", "Calling Out To Saturn", "Exotic Forest", "Do The Intergalactic Thing", and "Saturn Moon". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download.)

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✨✧ Sun RaLive at Montreux ... LP
Inner City, 1976. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
One of Sun Ra's best non-Saturn live sets of the 70s – a nice little record that shows the group mixing it up with equal parts avant garde and straight ahead jazz, all handled in that ever-growing large group style that made them a real force to be reckoned with in a concert setting! The album was recorded during the 1976 Montreux Jazz Festival, and has a bit more focus and polish than some of the other Arkestra live material from the time – a mature, coherent sound that almost points the way towards some of their work to come in the 80s – when Ra and the group were finally reaching the wider audience they deserved. The set's a double-length one, and features players who include John Gilmore on tenor, Marshall Allen and Danny Davis on alto and flute, Pat Patrick on baritone, Ahmed Abdullah on trumpet, Craig Harris on trombone, and James Jackson on Ancient Egyptian Infinity drum – which is always a treat. Ra plays solar organ and moog, as well as piano – and titles include "Of The Other Tomorrow", "On Sound Infinity Spheres", "El Is The Sound Of Joy", "Gods Of The Thunder Realm", "Gods Of A Thunder Realm", "The House Of Eternal Being", and "Lights On a Satellite". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some ring & edge wear.)

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✨✧ Sun RaMy Brother The Wind Vol 1 (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Saturn/Cosmic Myth, 1970. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A stone classic – and one of the wilder, more electronic albums from Sun Ra – a set that has him playing on "two moog synthesizers" – which both sound as if they're going at the same time! The rest of the group is quite small – with only John Gilmore, Marshall Allen, and Danny Davis – so Ra really center stage on the keys, and spends most of the record making some really weird and wonderful sounds on the moog – showing the world that, although the instrument was already gaining popularity in the hands of others, nobody could handle the futuristic sound machine like the spaceman himself! The mix of moog with avant jazz solos is completely sublime – and titles include "Intergalactic II", "To Nature's God", and "The Code Of Interdependence". CD features some great bonus tracks – the 17 minute "Space Probe", plus some alternates and odd takes too! CD

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✨✧ Sun RaPine Street Theatre – Oct 28, 1988 (2018 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Jackpot, 1988. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
A never-issued live set from the great last chapter in Sun Ra's career – that moment when the Arkestra was finally getting the global attention it deserved, and was working with even more confidence than before! During the period, Ra had this great way of folding in older strands of jazz with the group's always-creative vibe – swinging at times, soaring at others – and working with a larger ensemble here that includes Michael Ray and Eddie Gale on trumpets, Tyrone Hill on trombone, Knoel Scott on alto, John Gilmore on tenor, Danny Ray Thompson on baritone, John Ore on bass, and Bruce Edwards on electric guitar. Ra plays keyboards and piano,a nd June Tyson sings a bit – and Marshal Allen handles alto, piccolo, flute, and oboe. Titles include "Sunset On The Nile", "Space Medley", "The Shadow World", "Stardust From Tomorrow", "Blue Lou", and a few long improvisations! LP, Vinyl record album
(Previously unreleased! Limited edition of 2000 – pressed at RTI! Includes concert poster!)

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✨✧ Sun RaSun Ra Featuring Pharoah Sanders & Black Harold ... LP
Saturn/Superior Viaduct, 1964. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Landmark work from Sun Ra – a rare 1964 performance that features some very early work from Pharoah Sanders, a good deal of which is appearing here for the first time ever! The material was recorded at Judson Hall – and marks a great large venue performance by the Arkestra on the New York scene. Ra and the group recorded the set on New Year's Eve, 1964 – at a time when John Gilmore had left the Arkestra to work with Art Blakey – leaving Pharoah Sanders to come and take his place on tenor. Also noteworthy is the presence of Black Harold (Harold Murray) on flute – blowing with a dark edge alongside other group members who include Al Evans on trumpet, Teddy Nance on trombone, Marshal Allen on alto sax, Pat Patrick on baritone sax, and both Alan Silva and Ronnie Boykins on bass. The performance starts with a relatively fierce sound, but then moves into some beautifully lyrical moments – and titles include "Gods On A Safari", "The World Shadow", "Rocket Number Nine", "The Voice Of Pan", "Dawn Over Israel", and "Space Mates". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Sun RaSun Ra Sextet At The Village Vanguard ... CD
Rounder, 1991. Used ... Out Of Stock
Features Ra on synthesizer, Chris Anderson on piano, John Gilmore on tenor, John Ore on bass, Buster Smith on drums, and Bruce Edwards on guitar. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Sun RaSun Song (aka Jazz By Sun Ra) ... LP
Transition/Delmark, 1956. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Sun Ra's first album as a leader – originally issued on the Transition label, but presented here in its better-known incarnation by Delmark Records! Even at this early point, Ra had a sound unlike any of his contemporaries – large group and modern, but not in a way that showed any similarities to work going on in New York or LA – a voice that was all his own, and already quite boldly stated, even in these early years! The format might be somewhat familiar – an ensemble with horns and rhythm – but the overall execution really starts to open up as the album moves on – with odd phrasings, timings, and unusual moments that live up to all the promise you might expect from Ra. Even Mingus and some of his better-known contemporaries weren't heading in these directions in the mid 50s – and the record is a proud showcase of the freedoms that players were often accorded in the less-trafficked Chicago scene of the time. Horns include Art Hoyle & Dave Young on trumpets, John Gilmore on tenor sax, Pat Patrick on baritone, Julian Priester on trombone, and James Scales on alto sax – and rhythm includes Jim Herndon on tympani, Robert Barry on drums, Wilbur Green on electric bass, and a young Richard Evans on acoustic bass! Titles include "Brainville", "Call For All Demons", "Transition", "Lullaby For Realville", "Street Named Hell", "New Horizons", "Fall Off The Long", "Possession", and "Future". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Sun Song (aka Jazz By Sun Ra) ... LP 49.99

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✨✧ Sun Ra & OthersSingles – The Definitive 45s Collection Vol 1 – 1952 to 1961 (3LP set – with download) ... LP
Strut (UK), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 3LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A whole new side of the talents of Sun Ra – especially if you only know the longer-style jams on some of his albums from the 60s and 70s! From the very start of his career, Ra was every bit as interested in issuing music on 45s as he was on albums – and in fact, at some of the more desperate times, the 7" single turned out to be a very affordable format to try out new ideas – including some great projects with other artists! The array of work presented here is stunning – as the set includes some very up-close and personal moments with Ra on record, plus some tight jazzy tracks from the Arkestra, surprising vocal group material designed to crack the R&B market, and some especially cool projects with other singers too. The package is put together with very detailed notes on all the singles – and while the bulk of this material comes from the key Arkestra years of the late 50s through the early 80s, there's also a few tracks from other dates too – including a handful of songs that were only issued as 45s in later years. Vinyl Part 1 is a 3LP set that focuses on the earliest years – with a total of 35 tracks in all – and titles include "Chicago USA" by The Nu Sounds, "I'm Coming Home" by Billie Hawkins, "Softalk" by Sun Ra, "Demon's Lullaby" by Le Sun Ra, "It's Christmas Time" by The Qualities, "M Uck M Uck (Matt Matt)" by Yochanan, "Bye Bye" by The Cosmic Rays, "October" by Sun Ra, "Adventur In Space" by Sun Ra, "Back In Your Own Backyard" by Hattie Randolph, "The Sun One" by Yochanan, "Dreaming" by The Cosmic Rays, "The Sun Man Speaks" by Yochanan, "Daddy's Gonna Tell You No Lie" by The Cosmic Rays, "Last Call For Love" by Billie Hawkins, and "Super Blonde" by Sun Ra. LP, Vinyl record album
(Special vinyl mastering – includes rare artwork, notes, and information on all the titles!)

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Barrence Whitfield Soul Savage ArkestraSongs From The Sun Ra Cosmos ... CD
Modern Harmonic, Early 90s/2019. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
A really surprising project from long-running Boston soul singer Barrence Whitfield – a set of songs from the Sun Ra side of the universe – delivered with a vibe that's a bit different than some of Whitfield's other material! The package features tracks from two different periods – the first, a series of early 90s recordings that focus more on the soul-styled sound of Ra's 45rpm output – the second, a bit more far-reaching, and maybe more Ra-like overall – but with plenty of vocals from Barrence upfront! Brother Cleve handles keyboards and a fair bit of the arrangements – and titles include remakes of "Black Man", "I'm Gonna Unmask The Batman", "Somebody Else's World", "Nuclear War", "Everything Is Space", and "Love In Outer Space". CD
Also available Songs From The Sun Ra Cosmos (gold vinyl pressing) ... LP 23.99

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Barrence Whitfield Soul Savage ArkestraSongs From The Sun Ra Cosmos (gold vinyl pressing) ... LP
Modern Harmonic, Early 90s/2019. New Copy ... $23.99 24.99
A really surprising project from long-running Boston soul singer Barrence Whitfield – a set of songs from the Sun Ra side of the universe – delivered with a vibe that's a bit different than some of Whitfield's other material! The package features tracks from two different periods – the first, a series of early 90s recordings that focus more on the soul-styled sound of Ra's 45rpm output – the second, a bit more far-reaching, and maybe more Ra-like overall – but with plenty of vocals from Barrence upfront! Brother Cleve handles keyboards and a fair bit of the arrangements – and titles include remakes of "Black Man", "I'm Gonna Unmask The Batman", "Somebody Else's World", "Nuclear War", "Everything Is Space", and "Love In Outer Space". LP, Vinyl record album
(Gold vinyl pressed at Third Man in Detroit!)
Also available Songs From The Sun Ra Cosmos ... CD 13.99

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✨✧ FCT Trio Meets Carlo AttiFrom Sun Ra To Donald Trump ... CD
Clean Feed, 2017. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
With a title and cover like this, we had to check the record out – and the sound within doesn't fail to disappoint! The song titles themselves are extremely political, but the music has a very universal appeal in the freer side of the spectrum – almost a poetic take on the world of free improvisation, with as much tunefulness as unbridled sense of exploration in the musicians! Players include Simone Graziano on piano, Gabriele Evangelista on bass, and Francesco Cusa on drums – working with guest Carlo Atti on saxes. Titles include "Delivering A Load Of Musical Boxes To Wall Street", "Adam Smith Counts Every Penny", "Fiscal Regime In The Life Of The New York Taxidriver/Jazzman", "Sun Ra Vs Donald Trump", and "Accelerating From The Global Society To The Foamed Society". CD
(Penmark through barcode.)
 
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David Wertman Sun EnsembleEarthly Delights ... LP
Sweet Earth/BBE (UK), 1978. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $24.99 29.99
A classic of 70s avant spiritual jazz – issued on the tiny Sweet Earth label, which was also home to some very special records from Sun Ra and Marion Brown! Bassist David Wertman is a lot more obscure than those bigger names, but he was part of the New York loft jazz scene in those crucial mid 70s years – and had associations with Arthur Blythe, Billy Bang, Steve Reid, and other key members of the group – all heavyweights that Wertman can easily stand next to with the strength of the material on this set! The sounds here are a fantastic combination of larger ideas and more spontaneous creation – almost in an AACM mode, but a bit more spiritual overall – with David's bass at the helm of a group that includes David Swerdlove on alto and soprano sax, John Hagen on tenor and soprano, John Sprague on flutes, Greg Wall on baritone, and John Zieman on keyboards. Drummer Jay Conway really provides some great energy to keep things lively and moving – and titles include "Oh John Love Trane", "Clear Air Dancer", "Earthly Delights", and "Relations". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Golden Dawn ArkestraChildren Of The Sun ... CD
Golden Dawn Arkestra, 2018. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An interesting change from this offbeat spiritual ensemble – a set that's still every bit as cosmic before, but in a way that's maybe more psych-oriented and fuzzy at times – then mixed with some deeper funk elements at other points! Thematically, many of the lyrics could work in their previous jazzier work – but here, they're set to more guitars and some very cool keyboards – almost a criss-cross between spiritual jazz and early Hawkwind during the rocking moments, but interlaced with some more global elements too – all in a way that really keeps with the group's heavily-costumed look on the back cover! Things come on strong at first, then open up nicely – and titles include "The Wolf", "Children Of The Sun", "Promised Land", "Lovely Day", "Tropicalismo", "Ra-Horakhti", and "The Ocean". CD

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✨✧ Ahmed AbdullahLife's Force ... LP
About Time, 1979. New Copy ... $7.99 11.99
A crowning moment of achievement for trumpeter Ahmed Abdullah – a record that draws on his rich experience working with Sun Ra, but focuses the energy into a warmer, more spiritual jazz setting overall! The album's a lost treasure from the US scene of the late 70s – a perfect melding of jazz modes of the time, and one of those dates that somehow has all the players sounding even better than usual – really hitting a unique space together – one that's rhythmic, yet searching – free, yet structured – and always open to new ideas throughout! In addition to trumpet from Abdullah, the group also features vibes from Jay Hoggard, French horn from Vincent Chaney, cello from Muneer Abdul Fatah, bass from Jerome Hunter, and drums from Rashied Sinan. Hunter's bass is an especially moving force in the session – giving the album a warm, soulful current that really holds things together – and titles include "Song of Tenderness", "Eternal Spiraling Spirit", "Long Time Black", and "Life's Force". LP, Vinyl record album

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Marshall Allen, Danny Ray Thompson, Jamie Saft,Ceremonial Healing (3LP red vinyl pressing) (2019 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Rare Noise (UK), 2019. New Copy 3LP ... $40.99
A masterful meeting of the minds – as the set brings together Sun Ra Arkestra members Marshall Allen and Danny Ray Thompson – with contributions from the younger generation of Jamie Saft, Trevor Dunn, and Balaz Pandi – plus a bit of guest work from trombone legend Roswell Rudd! Tracks are long and open, and have a vibe that's somewhere between Saft's great recent work on the Rare Noise label, and what you might expect from Allen's participation – on tunes that include "Inhale", "Goma", "Amulet", "Sacred Authority", "The Summoning", "Honoring The Healing Spirits", and "Loa". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Red CampNew Clavichord ... CD
Cook, 1957. New Copy ... About November 1, 2019
An insane album of keyboard tracks – almost as if Sun Ra was taking on an electrified version of boogie woogie! Pianist Red Camp's been recorded by the Cook label before, but this set features Red handling the clavichord – an instrument that's like a harpsichord, with a similar metallic sound overall! The approach is very odd – as Camp's work on the keys is quite dynamic and jamming, hardly the sort of take on the instrument you might expect, and one that really pushes its tones into weirdly distorted range – almost like Ra's use of the rocksichord on some of his 70s albums. The sound is amazing, and the record's unlike anything else we've heard from the time – and titles include "The Bluesando", "Nagasaki", "Alma Llanera", "Slow Slow Blues", "Prelude For Twelve Fingers", and "Twofer Atonement". CD
(Special limited CD – pressed up for us by the Smithsonian Folkways label. Comes with original cover artwork, and the CD also features a PDF file with the original liner notes and other materials from the original record release.)

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✨✧ Rupert ClemendoreLe Jazz Trinidad ... CD
Cook, Late 50s. New Copy Gatefold ... About November 1, 2019
An amazing record from the legendary Cook label – billed in the cover as "patois jazz" – but with a sound that's surprisingly sophisticated overall! Rupert Clemendore works here in a mix of piano, vibes, bass, and lots of cool percussion – in a style that's somewhere between the music of Moondog and early small group sides from Sun Ra – tunes that are often very rhythmic at the core, but with an earthy sort of orientation that's quite unique – and a way of hitting sounds and styles that's quite hard to pinpoint! The notes refer to the music as "sophisticated jazz with a pixie beat" – and that's not far off, given the mix of modernism and lightness in Rupert's style. Really wonderful, and quite unique – with titles that include "Offbeat", "Eastern Conga", "Mambo Chop Suey", "Mambo Ebonier", "Doris Oh", "Drummer's Mood", and "Clem's Confusion". CD
(Special limited CD – pressed up for us by the Smithsonian Folkways label. Comes with original cover artwork, and the CD also features a PDF file with the original liner notes and other materials from the original record release.)

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Pierre DorgeSoundscapes ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2018. New Copy ... $15.99 19.99
Guitarist Pierre Dorge has been giving us amazing music for many years – but he sounds especially amazing here in the company of a really great group – the excellent Kirk Knuffke on cornet, plus Stephen Riley on tenor, Conrad Herwig on trombone, Jay Anderson on bass, and Adam Nussbaum on drums – all very dynamic players who seem to make Dorge sound even fresher than ever! There's an especially strong sense of phrasing on the record – no surprise, especially with Knuffke in the mix – and while Pierre can sometimes use his instrument in more abstract ways, that quality is really balanced by all the other members of the lineup. Anderson's bass is great – nicely pointed at the best moments, and a great contrast to Dorge's strings – and all tracks are originals, with titles that include "Lullaby For Sun Ra", "Mingus' Birthday Party", "Afrikaa Mbizo Dyani", "Sim Sim Ba", and "Alligator In Paradise". CD

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Earth Wind & FireEarth Wind & Fire ... CD
Warner, 1971. Used ... $6.99
Earth, Wind & Fire's first album – recorded at a time when the group recently had ties to the Chicago soul and jazz scenes, and a range of experience that ran the gamut from work with Sun Ra, the Artistic Heritage Ensemble, The Pharoahs, Ramsey Lewis, and countless other influential groups. Headed up by Maurice White on drums and percussion, the group forged an amazing blend of all these influences, creating a future soul sound that pushed black music to the next level – taking a wealth of previously underground modes of expression, and fusing them into a soaring sound that would soon put them at the top of the charts. This album's a lot looser and freer than their Columbia albums – with plenty of raw funk and some nice off-beat jazz soling. Includes the classic break track "C'Mon Children", plus "Fan The Fire", "Bad Tune", and "Moment Of Truth". CD
(Original Warner pressing.)

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Earth Wind & FireEarth Wind & Fire/Need Of Love ... CD
Warner/BGO (UK), 1971. New Copy ... $13.99
A pair of spiritual soul classics – the rare early Warner Brothers albums from Earth Wind & Fire – back to back on a single CD! Earth, Wind & Fire's first album was recorded at a time when the group recently had ties to the Chicago soul and jazz scenes, and a range of experience that ran the gamut from work with Sun Ra, the Artistic Heritage Ensemble, The Pharoahs, Ramsey Lewis, and countless other influential groups. Headed up by Maurice White on drums and percussion, the group forged an amazing blend of all these influences, creating a future soul sound that pushed black music to the next level – taking a wealth of previously underground modes of expression, and fusing them into a soaring sound that would soon put them at the top of the charts. This album's a lot looser and freer than their Columbia albums – with plenty of raw funk and some nice off-beat jazz soling. Includes the classic break track "C'Mon Children", plus "Fan The Fire", "Bad Tune", and "Moment Of Truth". Need Of Love is one of the two early Earth Wind & Fire LPs recorded for Warner – and the one that shows their amazing roots in the avant-garde jazz scene in Chicago! At the forefront, the record's a righteous soul album with an ensemble funk sound – but deeper in, there's a lot of jazz-based playing, and a number of moments that almost get "out" in the solos! Surely this one couldn't have been made without the spiritual advancements in jazz made by the AACM – and EWF couldn't have helped rubbing shoulders with those players, considering that they all often gigged together in the Chicago studio scene, and that they'd also shared some time together in groups like The Pharoahs and Phil Cohran's Artistic Heritage Ensemble. Titles include "Energy", "Beauty", and a nice remake of Donny Hathaway's "Everything is Everything". CD

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ForefrontIncantation ... LP
AFI/RML, 1973. Very Good+ ... $16.99
Obscure midwest group with Rufus Reid on bass and Art Hoyle on trumpets. There's a vague Sun Ra connection here, which mostly manifests itself in the record's cool spare spacey sound. The standout cut is "Frump Trump", which has a nice hard boogaloo sound, and a great breakbeat on the intro. Other tracks include "Incantation", "Abberations", "Peregrine", and "Reverberations". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Golden Dawn ArkestraDarkness Falls On The End Of Time ... LP
Golden Dawn Arkestra, 2019. New Copy Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
A set that nicely takes Golden Dawn Arkestra back to their roots – with music that's warmly organic, spiritually evocative, and pretty darn funky all the way through – all with a unique quality that definitely marks the group's own territory! The ensemble almost move as if in an imagined world of spirituality – not the same sort of "arkestra" of the Sun Ra generation, but maybe a later lineup from a parallel world – infused with equal parts influence from deep funk, 70s Nigeria, and 60s psyche – and very open to the 21st Century freeplay that's allowed between different styles and ideas. Titles include "Showdown", "Mama Se", "Blood Of Royalty", "The Beginning Is Ending", "Hamza", and "Allo Allo Boom". LP, Vinyl record album

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Eddie HarrisExciting Eddie Harris ... LP
Kent, Early 60s. Very Good+ 2LP ... $6.99
2LP set that brings together a load of Eddie's great recordings for the Vee Jay label – cut back in the days when he was a real soul jazz experimentalist, with an incredible knack for mixing styles. Tracks include the incredible "Oliphant Gesang", a wild number that's part Yusef Lateef and part Sun Ra. Others include "Goen Home", "ATC", "Laura", "Down", "Velocity", and "Alicia". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has splits on the bottom seam and some surface wear.)

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Hieroglyphic BeingRed Notes ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), 2018. New Copy Gatefold ... $12.99 22.99
A really jagged little record from Hieroglyphic Being – a set that feels even more stripped-down than his previous album, to a point where we can really focus on his inventive beats and cosmic keyboards! The album's dedicated to a range of influences that include Herbie Hancock, Sun Ra, Weather Report, Jon Hassell, Heldon, and Daniel Carter – and while it definitely draws on all of that inspiration, the sound here is completely HB's own – very forward-thinking, despite the ancient imagery on the cover – far from any spiritual jazz roots, or even the more recent generations of the Chicago electronic scene. Instrumentation includes Hammond, moog, and other keyboards – plus guitar, alto, flutes, and other acoustic instruments used in very unusual ways. Titles include "The Emotional Listener", "Tone Bather", "The Red Notebook", "Video Jazz", "Awake & Energize", and "Youth Brainwashing & The Extremist Cults". CD

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Lurlean HunterLonesome Gal ... LP
RCA, 1956. Very Good ... $9.99
Moody set of vocals recorded by this obscure Chicago singer. Lurlean got her start at the classy south side Club DeLisa, home to Sun Ra, and a host of other Chicago talents – but by the time of this recording, she'd moved downtown, and had become a classy smoky voiced singer with a good talent for more mature material. This hard to find early session features backing by Al Nevins, and arrangements by Quincy Jones and Marion Evans. Tracks include "Brief Encounter", "On Green Dolphin Street", "Alone Together", and "A Stranger In Town". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear and some aging.)

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Jazz Workshop EnsembleWavescapes ... LP
Workshop (Germany), 1983. Very Good+ ... $28.99
Features Charles Walker on soprano and alto, Michael Session on tenor, Hermann Breuer on trombone, Rainer Glas on bass, and Rudi Roth on drums and percussion! Includes a version of the Sun Ra song "A Call For All Demons" – plus the tracks "Rainer's Song", "Blues For Stanley", and "St Quartl Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear in one corner, but is great overall.)

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✨✧ Donald Jenkins & The DelightersElephant Walk/Wang Dang Dula ... 7-inch
Cortland, Early 60s. Very Good ... $8.99
An undisputed classic – one of those tunes from the old days that barely showed up on the charts, hardly made the history books, but everyone seems to remember! "Elephant Walk" has this magical exotic sort of feel – almost like Sun Ra was scoring the groove, and setting Donald's lead vocals against some weird, other-worldly harmonies! The hook is wonderful, the story is wonderful, and the flip's an equally nice tune – in a completely different way! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Clifford Jordan & John GilmoreBlowing In From Chicago ... CD
Blue Note, 1957. Used ... $7.99
A landmark session that features two of the greatest tenor talents to emerge from the rich Chicago scene of the 50s! Jordan was well-known to jazz fans, or would be within a few years – but Gilmore's rarely heard in this sort of setting, as most of his recording career was spent in the company of Sun Ra's Arkestra. The record features the duo in a twin-tenor frontline, with backing by Horace Silver, Curly Russell, and Art Blakey. Ostensibly a blowing session, but much tighter than you'd expect – and with a hard heavy Blue Note groove. Titles include "Evil Eye", "Status Quo", "Bo-Till", and "Blue Lights". CD features the bonus track "Let It Stand". CD
(Out of print pre-RVG version.)

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✨✧ Loos/ArmstrongLoos/Armstrong ... CD
Okka Disk, 1999. New Copy ... $9.99
That's Loos/Armstrong, not Louis Armstrong – a late 90s Dutch group who improvise freely on both electric and acoustic elements – with a style that makes the record one of the most offbeat albums ever released on the Okka Disk label! In some ways, the combo almost tie together Dutch traditions of free jazz and electronic experimentation – with a lineup that features Gerald Bowhuis on piano, Huib Emmer on guitar, Johan Faber on drums, Patricio Wang on bass and guitar, and Dennis Rudge on voice – plus leader Peter Van Bergen on tenor, bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet, and some mighty cool electronics! At times, the use of voice adds almost a no wave element to the set – and on the set, Rudge reads from Sun Ra's "Endless Realm" , and "Amooooore", a 1916 text from Volt – on titles that include "FTE 1", "FA5 1", "FA 3", and "FL 1". CD

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✨✧ Nicole Mitchell Black Earth EnsembleIntergalactic Beings ... LP
FPE, 2014. Near Mint- 2LP ... Just Sold Out!
Mindblowing sounds from Chicago flute player Nicole Mitchell – a set of work inspired by the science fiction writings of Octavia Butler – with a striking style to match! Although the music has some arch qualities that live up to the darkness of Butler's writings, the performance here is also still mostly acoustic – in the mode we're used to from Mitchell's Black Earth group – but with odd tones and weird bits of phrasing that keep have us checking the notes to figure out the different instruments! The approach is a bit like the early cosmic visions of Sun Ra – especially when Mitchell hits more spiritual and rhythmic moments – and the well-matched ensemble of players features Nicole on flute, David Boykin on tenor and bass clarinet, David Young on trumpet and srali thom, Renee Baker on violin, Tomeka Reid on cello, Josh Abrams on bass, Jeff Parker on guitar, and Avreeayl Ra on percussion. Mankwe Ndosi sings just a bit on the record – and titles include "Dripping Matter", "Web Of Hope", "Fields Of Possibility", "Resisting Entanglement", "The Inevitable", and "The Ooli Moves". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes insert.)

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Thelonious MonkAlone In San Francisco ... LP
Riverside, 1959. Near Mint- ... $14.99
A classic solo piano album from Thelonious Monk – recorded live in San Francisco, and maybe one of his best albums ever in the format! There's a special sort of quality that makes Monk's solo work so different from his trio, quartet, and larger group music – this real understanding of the piano, and a personal sense of sonic shading, even when covering some of his familiar compositions – maybe a bit like the way that Sun Ra's solo piano is also so distinct. Most of the tunes here are Monk originals or standards that Thelonious has played before at least a few times on record – but the solo setting almost has him pulling the tunes apart slowly – contemplating their components, then stepping through them with new inspiration as he puts them back together. Titles include "Blue Monk", "Pannonica", "Remember", "Reflections", "Bluehawk", "Everything Happens To Me", and "Round Lights". LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent OJC pressing, with barcode on the back cover.)

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✨✧ MulatuMulatu Of Ethiopia (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Worthy, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $12.99 14.98
Amazing work from the legendary Mulatu Astatke – one of Ethiopia's funkiest musicians of the 70s, making a rare appearance here on this lost American recording! The album has been a holy grail for years amongst beatheads – loved for its killer blend of weird rhythms, sweet funk, and super-dope vibes – and the grooves on the set are really unique – slow, snakey, and with a sinister, almost other-worldly feel. There's not nearly as much vibes on Mulatu's Ethiopian recordings – and their appearance here really gives the set a nice American sort of twist – almost Roy Ayers meets Sun Ra with a hot dose of African funk thrown in for good measure! Titles include "Chifara", "Munaye", "Kaselefkut-Hulu", "Mascaram Setaba", and "Mulatu". LP, Vinyl record album

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Mulatu And OthersEthiopian Modern Instrumentals Hits (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
L'Arome/Heavenly Sweetness (France), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99
Mad grooves from the Ethiopian scene of the 70s – featuring work by the enigmatic Mulatu, plus some of the other extra-cool artists on that country's groundbreaking soul and funk scene! Mulatu plays Fender Rhodes and organ on his tracks – grooving with a slow, snakey approach that's almost a bit like the work of Sun Ra, but which also has distinct African touches. The sound here is quite different than the Nigerian funky work of the 70s – much more laidback and open-ended, with less American influences, and a really unique approach! Titles include "Yekermo Se", "Yegele Tezeta", "Munaye", "Metche Dershe", "Kasalefkut Hulu", and "Tezeta" by Mulatu Astatque; "Heywete" and "Bemgnot Alnorem" by Bahta Gebre Heywet; and "Yetesfa Tezeta" by Tesfa-Maryam Kidane. Vinyl release of tracks pulled from the Ethiopiques CD-only series, done with some good notes. LP, Vinyl record album

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Oakland Elementary School Arkestra (Marshall Allen, Fred Frith, Terry Riley & Others)Saga Of Padani ... CD
Modern Harmonic, Mid 90s. New Copy ... $9.99 14.99
One of the coolest records of school kid music you could ever hope to own – and not just because avant legends Terry Riley, Fred Frith, and Marshall Allen each make an appearance on the project! In fact, even without those big names, the music here would still be tremendous – as it stems from a unique project in the Oakland public school system – one that introduces young grade school children to music, even if they've never performed together – combining all their efforts into a large ensemble with some really tremendous results! The lineup shifts from track to track, but there's a really unified vibe here – as reed, string, and percussion players are all finding a space to come together – often with phrasing and rhythms that are primitive, but with very modern edges – maybe like some of the larger projects by Moondog. Some of the kids are really impressive on their solos, and the overall ensemble sound is wonderful – maybe earthier than even some of the early Arkestra recordings on Saturn. This release brings together music from obscure CD and cassette releases in the 90s – with over 30 tracks in all, including "Bambi Meets Godzilla", "Waves", "Help I'm Drowning In A Sea Of Harmony", "Fireclouds", "Crazy Strings", "Excuse Me Ms Steigerwald", "Double Bock Double Rock", and a version of the Sun Ra tune "Planet Earth". CD
Also available Saga Of Padani (colored vinyl) ... LP 23.99

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Oakland Elementary School Arkestra (Marshall Allen, Fred Frith, Terry Riley & Others)Saga Of Padani (colored vinyl) ... LP
Modern Harmonic, Mid 90s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $23.99 34.99
One of the coolest records of school kid music you could ever hope to own – and not just because avant legends Terry Riley, Fred Frith, and Marshall Allen each make an appearance on the project! In fact, even without those big names, the music here would still be tremendous – as it stems from a unique project in the Oakland public school system – one that introduces young grade school children to music, even if they've never performed together – combining all their efforts into a large ensemble with some really tremendous results! The lineup shifts from track to track, but there's a really unified vibe here – as reed, string, and percussion players are all finding a space to come together – often with phrasing and rhythms that are primitive, but with very modern edges – maybe like some of the larger projects by Moondog. Some of the kids are really impressive on their solos, and the overall ensemble sound is wonderful – maybe earthier than even some of the early Arkestra recordings on Saturn. This release brings together music from obscure CD and cassette releases in the 90s – with over 30 tracks in all, including "Bambi Meets Godzilla", "Waves", "Help I'm Drowning In A Sea Of Harmony", "Fireclouds", "Crazy Strings", "Excuse Me Ms Steigerwald", "Double Bock Double Rock", and a version of the Sun Ra tune "Planet Earth". LP, Vinyl record album
(On colored vinyl!)
Also available Saga Of Padani ... CD 9.99

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OlatunjiDrum Shots (aka Drums! Drums! Drums!) ... LP
Trip, 1964. Very Good ... $7.99
Easily one of the greatest albums recorded by Olatunji in the 60s – a set that's even more hard-driving than his classic records for Columbia, with an incredibly percussive groove all the way through! The group features an assortment of percussionists all driving along with Olatunji – plus some excellent sax work from Sun Ra Arkestra members Pat Patrick and Marshall Allen, whose contributions really help flesh out the sound. Most tracks also feature chanted vocals, and all tunes are relatively long as well. Titles include "Aiye Mi Re", "Dakun", "Me Nu Di Aye", "Ljoye", "Eyanu", and "Mojuba". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s issue. Cover has some ring & edge wear.)

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Augustus PabloKing David's Melody ... LP
Rockers/Alligator, 1983. Near Mint- ... $11.99
A spiritual classic from Augustus Pablo – and a set that some consider his masterpiece! The album has Pablo completely in charge – producing, arranging, and really getting a chance to make the kind of music that showcases his righteous vision – instrumentals that have his own melodica in the lead, soloing beautifully over dubby rhythms – and with a deeper mission than just providing grooves for the dancefloors and the clubs. The overall sound is completely sublime – almost other-worldly at times – at a level that puts Pablo in the same heady territory of artists who include Sun Ra and Mulatu – and titles include "Rocker's Mood", "Sufferers Trod", "Zion High", "West Abyssinia", "Israel In Harmony", "Revelation Time", and "Corner Stone Dub". LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent reissue with slightly diffrent cover design.)

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PharaohsAwakening (with download) ... LP
Scarab/Luv N' Haight, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $13.99 16.98
A legendary album from Chicago – recorded by a group with ties to Sun Ra, Phil Cohran, and Earth Wind & Fire! The set's got a sound that more than lives up to all those references – a vibe that's jazzy and soulful, yet often quite righteous too – imbued with the sort of spirit you'd guess from the group's name and the album's cover image – but often served up with a tight enough groove to make the set a favorite for fans of funk as well! There's a really special mix going on here – and unlike other ensembles of the time, The Pharoahs never go too far out – and instead really have the great sort of focus you'd hear even more strongly with Earth Wind & Fire. The lineup features Louis Satterfield on bass, Willie Woods on trombone, Don Myrick on saxes, Black Herman on drums, and Derf Reklaw on percussion and flute – and titles include "Ibo", "Somebody's Been Sleeping", "Damballa", "Freedom Road", "Great House", and "Black Enuff". LP, Vinyl record album
(Great new reissue pressing – heavy tip-on cover, and bonus download too!)

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Polyversal SoulsInvisible Joy ... CD
Philophon (Germany), 2015. New Copy Gatefold ... $9.99 19.98
Expansively percussive, universally soulful sounds from the mind of composer/percussionist/multi-instrumentalist Max Weissenfeldt – aka Max Whitefield of underground funk heavies the Whitefield Brothers, Poets Of Rhythm. and working here with his Polyversal Souls! It's the most diverse record we've heard to date from any of Max's excellent combos – and it's rewarding stuff – with influences ranging from Sun Ra, to Ethiopian jazz funk, to dub, to global hip hop – all working together cohesively, thanks in no small part to the dexterous Polyversal players. Earthy percussion, keys and vibes are constant, or near constant connective tissue, with instrumentation and personnel varying from track-to-track/style-to-style. Includes "Yelle Be Bobre", "Starlet Road Filling Station Romance", "Momam'Inka", "Sad Nile", "Love In Outer Space", "Asembi Ara Am'Ba", "Goin' In", "Dunia Dela Da'a" and "Invisible Joy". CD

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✨✧ Phil RanelinTime Is Now! (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Tribe/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $34.99 44.99
It's hard to get more powerful and progressive than the message this title – an indication that the record is one of the boldest in the Tribe Records catalog from the 70s – which is saying a lot, given the force of the legendary Detroit label! Trombonist Phil Ranelin is at his best here – not just as a soloist, but also as a guiding spiritual force – as he works here with a very progressive ensemble who are somewhere between Sun Ra's Arkestra and some of the loft jazz groups to come – effortlessly mixing free instrumental solo passages with more rhythmic pulsations – adding in electric elements in just the right way, to almost create a cosmic tension in the acoustic core of the performance. Keith Vreeland is listed as the pianist – and we're not sure if it's him who plays the weird and wonderful keyboards on the record, but they're totally great – mixed with Ranelin's work on trombone, plus Wendell Harrison on tenor, Marcus Belgrave on flugelhorn, Charles Moore on trumpet, and Harou El Nil on alto – plus strong work from two drummers, George Davidson and Bili Turner, each in one side of the mix – and bass from John Dana or Reggie Fields. This is message-oriented spiritual jazz at its best – and titles include "13th & Senate", "Black Destiny", "Time Is Running Out", "He The One We All Knew", and "The Time Is Now For A Change". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition!)

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Steve ReidNova ... CD
Mustevic Sound/Soul Jazz (UK), 1976. New Copy ... $11.99 22.99
An underground soul jazz classic – massive grooves from drummer Steve Reid, and exactly the kind of set that's gotten him so much attention in recent years! There's a mixture of freedom and tightness here that's really wonderful – some of the looser elements of the loft jazz generation, mixed with an inherent sense of rhythm that always set Reid's records apart from the rest – a groove that comes not just from his own pulsations on the drum kit, but also from the elliptical basslines of Richard Williams on electric and Luis Angel Falcon on acoustic, and the mixed organ and piano lines of keyboardist Les Walker. Joe Rigby brings some really sharp-edged sax work to the record, alongside the trumpet of Ahmed Abdullah, who really sounds wonderful here – bringing a spirituality to the album that's clearly borrowed from his time with Sun Ra. The album includes the great groover "Lions of Judah" – which has a very Ra-like quality – plus other great cuts "Long Time Black", "Sixth House", "Nova", and "Free Spirits Unknown". CD
Also available Nova (with bonus download) ... LP 26.99

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Steve ReidNova (with bonus download) ... LP
Mustevic Sound/Soul Jazz (UK), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99 29.99
An underground soul jazz classic – massive grooves from drummer Steve Reid, and exactly the kind of set that's gotten him so much attention in recent years! There's a mixture of freedom and tightness here that's really wonderful – some of the looser elements of the loft jazz generation, mixed with an inherent sense of rhythm that always set Reid's records apart from the rest – a groove that comes not just from his own pulsations on the drum kit, but also from the elliptical basslines of Richard Williams on electric and Luis Angel Falcon on acoustic, and the mixed organ and piano lines of keyboardist Les Walker. Joe Rigby brings some really sharp-edged sax work to the record, alongside the trumpet of Ahmed Abdullah, who really sounds wonderful here – bringing a spirituality to the album that's clearly borrowed from his time with Sun Ra. The album includes the great groover "Lions of Judah" – which has a very Ra-like quality – plus other great cuts "Long Time Black", "Sixth House", "Nova", and "Free Spirits Unknown". LP, Vinyl record album
(First 1000 copies pressed on limited edition colored vinyl! Includes download.)
Also available Nova ... CD 11.99

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Paul SeversonJazz By Paul Severson ... LP
Replica, Mid 50s. Very Good+ ... $39.99
An extremely interesting Chicago jazz relic, and one with ties to the same scene that produced the Sun Ra Arkestra. In the 1959 film The Cry Of Jazz, Ra & the group play a soundtrack that supposedly includes a number of original tracks written by Chicago's black jazz musicians. The film is an extended diatribe about the superiority of black influence in jazz, and it goes to great lengths to offer some examples of black jazz music. Well, oddly enough, one of the main tracks in the film, narrated by an individual who is the arranger for Severson, is the haunting "Lela", which is on this record, but credited to white pianist Eddie Higgins. The track's a beautiful one, and it's played here with the same sad quality as in the film – by a great group that includes Hobart Grimes, Warren Kime, Kenny Soderblom, Paul Severson, and Eddie Higgins. There's a few other nice originals – like "Turnabout" and "Nothing But Warren" – and most tracks have a fairly tightly arranged style. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light surface wear, small splits on the top & bottom seams, and a sticker spot.)

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✨✧ McCoy TynerToday & Tomorrow ... CD
Impulse/GRP, 1964. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A great album from McCoy Tyner – a set that's steeped in the modal soulfulness of his years with John Coltrane, but also handled in a way that really has him breaking away from the pack a bit! Half the album's played with a trio that features Jimmy Garrison on bass – but the strongest cuts feature a sextet with John Gilmore on tenor (making a rare non-Sun Ra appearance), Frank Strozier on alto, Thad Jones on trumpet, Butch Warren on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums – all working beautifully together in an early example of the soulful group groove that Tyner would hit even more strongly in the post-Coltrane years. Titles include "T 'N A Blues", "Three Flowers", "Contemporary Focus", and "Night In Tunisia". CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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Junior WellsComing At You ... CD
Vanguard, 1968. Used ... $4.99
A great early album from Junior Wells – and one that really opens up that more soulful side of his talents that was becoming a Chicago hallmark at the time! The set was produced by Samuel Charters, but has none of the rootsy vibe of his earlier work on Folkways – and instead matches the harmonica and raw vocals of Wells with a bit of horn backings on a few tunes by the great Ed Bland (of previous Sun Ra cinema fame, and later funk arrangements) – blown by the unlikely mix of Tom McIntosh on trombone, with trumpets by Clark Terry, Wallace Davenport, and Jimmy Owens! The core group has the mighty Buddy Guy on guitar, with Walter Williams on rhythm guitar and Douglas Fagan on tenor – and Junior knocks it out of the park, on tunes that include "So Sad This Morning", "When My Baby Left Me", "Stop Breakin Down", "Somebody's Tippin In", "You Don't Love Me", "Little By Little", and "I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man". CD
Also available Coming At You ... LP 14.99

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Junior WellsComing At You ... LP
Vanguard, 1968. Very Good ... $14.99
A great early album from Junior Wells – and one that really opens up that more soulful side of his talents that was becoming a Chicago hallmark at the time! The set was produced by Samuel Charters, but has none of the rootsy vibe of his earlier work on Folkways – and instead matches the harmonica and raw vocals of Wells with a bit of horn backings on a few tunes by the great Ed Bland (of previous Sun Ra cinema fame, and later funk arrangements) – blown by the unlikely mix of Tom McIntosh on trombone, with trumpets by Clark Terry, Wallace Davenport, and Jimmy Owens! The core group has the mighty Buddy Guy on guitar, with Walter Williams on rhythm guitar and Douglas Fagan on tenor – and Junior knocks it out of the park, on tunes that include "So Sad This Morning", "When My Baby Left Me", "Stop Breakin Down", "Somebody's Tippin In", "You Don't Love Me", "Little By Little", and "I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Coming At You ... CD 4.99

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Jamila WoodsLegacy Legacy ... CD
Jagjaguwar, 2019. New Copy ... $12.99 14.98
Jamila Woods already blew us away with her debut – but this second set has the singer ready to take on the world with a huge step forward in her style! Jamila caught us almost by surprise when she first emerged – a Chicago soul singer who wasn't on our radar, and who already had this fully-formed, completely unique style – but here, she embraces legacies of past musical and cultural inspirations, folding them into a instrumental settings created almost completely on her own, and which are topped by these shape-shifting lyrics that really live up to their references. The album shows a powerful, personal, and completely self-contained approach to the music – something that many of Jamila's contemporaries can hardly match – and titles include "Miles", "Baldwin", "Basquiat", "Eartha", "Giovanni", "Zora", "Betty", "Frida", "Sun Ra", and "Octavia". CD

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VariousAnn Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival 1972 ... LP
Atlantic, 1972. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $14.99
A classic set from this legendary Detroit festival – a mighty assemblage of roots and jazz performers that was put together by John Sinclair! The event was legendary at the time – and has lived on strongly via this great recording by Atlantic – one that really gets at the special fire of all the performers, and their very enthusiastic welcome by the audience too! Most of the material here is blues – but the set features a key track from Sun Ra & His Solar Myth Arkestra – a performance of "Live Is Splendid" from the Space Is The Place Suite. Other tracks include "I Walk On Gilded Splinters" by Dr John, "Road Runner" by Jr Walker, "Wang Dang Doodle" by Koko Taylor, "Gambler's Blues" by Otis Rush, "Ain't That Loving You" by Bobby Blue Bland, "Honey Bee" by Muddy Waters, "Form Kinetic" by CJQ, "Dust My Broom" by Johnny Shines, and "Goin Down" by Freddie King. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some surface wear.)

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✨✧ VariousAutomatic Gain Control 12.5 – Production Differentiation ... LP
Culture Power 45, 2019. New Copy ... $26.99
An impeccably put together batch of instrumentals from the Culture Power 45 collective – with beats and production from Blaak tha 9th Man, Conscious 5, Ba Pace, Fatnice, Empee of BVS, Kush Oxford, Cuzzin Vinny, International MC, Dion Brown, Adon, Soultastic and more! Even with a long list of contributors, there's a consistency of sound and vision that's always a highlight of CP45 efforts, focusing on timeless headnodding beats, crackling vinyl atmospherics, moody bits of soul jazz keys and spacey samples. Solid work that'll stand the test of time. 17 tracks in all in all, including "The Strong God" by Deity Complex, "Frost" by Kush Oxford, "Venice Sunset (Lowend)" by Sonny James, "Cadillac Groves 82" by Cuzzin Vinnny, "Baldhead Said" by Empee, "Andromeda (U-Eff-Os)" by Reese Tanaka, "Sun Ra (Star Blazin)" by Blaak The 9th Mann, "Boss Hog" by Soulstastic, "Hey Angie" by Fatnice, "Dieselsoul" by Dion Brown and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition and nearly sold out! Get it while we got it.)

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VariousStay Awake – Various Interpretations Of Music From Vintage Disney Films (2018 Black Friday Release) ... LP
A&M, 1988. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $19.99 35.99
One of the most novel, and dare we say coolest alternative soundtrack compilations of the late 80s! Stay Awake features a wildly diverse roster of artists covering, reinterpreting and paying tribute to songs from older Disney films – including Tom Waits, Sun Ra & His Arkestra, Natalie Merchant & Michael Stipe, Aaron Neville, Bill Frisell, NRBQ, Betty Carter, Garth Hudson of The Band, The Replacements & many more – and goes a lot farther than just inviting disparate musical figures to do versions of classic songs. The material is arranged into suites and medleys that have a strangely effective flow regardless of how jaw-droppingly diverse the voices and players might be from one movement to the next. This one should be considered a late feather in the cap for creativity at A&M Records! Includes "Pink Elephants On Parade" by Sun Ra, When You Wish Upon A Star" by Ringo Starr & Herb Alpert (co-produced by Van Dyke Parks), "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah" by Harry Nilsson, "Hey Ho (The Dwarfs Marching Song)" by Tom Waits, "I Wan'Na Be Like You (The Monkey Song)" by Los Lobos, "Stay Awake" by Suzanne Vega, "Cruella De Ville" by The Replacements and lots more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition!)

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✨✧ Ely ArcoverdeO Orgao Que Canta Sambas Vol 2 ... CD
RGE/Discobertas (Brazil), 1963. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Some of the weirdest, wildest organ work we've ever heard – and that's coming from folks with a record collection stuffed with Jack McDuff, Jimmy Smith, and even Sun Ra! Ely Arcoverde is a bit in the territory of Brazilian 60s organ contemporary Walter Wanderley – especially in the way that he mixes his melodies with samba rhythms – but he's also got a very different approach on the keyboard, and often uses the instrument to "sing" – in ways that are very much like the "canta" promised in the title! At some points, we'd swear that Ely was almost using an early variation of a vocoder – not that the sound is 80s, but that he gets this really cool "voice" out of the instrument – as it moves between percussion, occasional chorus vocals, and some nicely jazzy instrumentation. Titles include "O Morro Nao Tem Vez", "Cidade Maravilhosa", "Madame Fulana De Tal", "Samba Da Minha Terra", "Canta Maria", "Tem Bobo Pra Tudo", and "Agua Com Areia". CD

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✨✧ Brother Ahh & The Sounds Of AwarenessKey To Nowhere ... LP
Divine, 1983. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Cosmic righteousness from Brother Ahh – aka Robert Northern – best known for his work with Sun Ra, but a force behind some wonderfully soulful records of his own! This album's one of Ahh's later works – self-released in 1983, with a conception that's fuller than his earlier works – almost in an Alice Coltrane spiritual mode, with tracks that emphasize consciousness, healing, well being, and awareness. Ahh plays flute and French horn on the album – and other instrumentation includes percussion by Nasar Abadey and Barbara Burton-Tuten, bass from Mike Bowie, harp and mbiri from Jeff Majors, and guitar from Marvin Tuten. Most tracks are instrumentals – building in a nice Phil Cohran-ish way – but a few numbers feature vocals. And titles include "Sekou", "Nature's Blues", "Key To Nowhere", "Hanifah", "Motherless Child", "Celebration", and "The Void". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing! Cover has light edge wear and a bumped corner.)

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✨✧ Gil EvansParabola ... LP
Horo (Italy), 1978. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An amazing 2LP set from the legendary Gil Evans – recorded for the equally legendary Horo Records label, and easily one of the best sets the imprint recorded in the 70s! The style here is wonderful – a free-flowing 70s take on Gil's earlier modernism – put together with a great sense of sound and a surprisingly dose of soul – almost like some of the Sun Ra work recorded for Horo at the time, but a bit more Evans-like overall. The group is as hip as the music – an octet with Evans on acoustic and electric piano (the latter of which is a real treat!) – plus Steve Lacy on soprano sax, Arthur Blythe on alto and soprano sax, Lew Soloff on trumpet, Earl McIntyre on trombone, Peter Levin on keyboards, Don Pate on bass, and Noel McGhee on drums. Tracks are all long – and include "Parabola", "Stone Free", "Variation", "Waltz", and "Up From The Skies". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Golden Dawn ArkestraDarkness Falls On The End Of Time ... CD
Golden Dawn Arkestra, 2019. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A set that nicely takes Golden Dawn Arkestra back to their roots – with music that's warmly organic, spiritually evocative, and pretty darn funky all the way through – all with a unique quality that definitely marks the group's own territory! The ensemble almost move as if in an imagined world of spirituality – not the same sort of "arkestra" of the Sun Ra generation, but maybe a later lineup from a parallel world – infused with equal parts influence from deep funk, 70s Nigeria, and 60s psyche – and very open to the 21st Century freeplay that's allowed between different styles and ideas. Titles include "Showdown", "Mama Se", "Blood Of Royalty", "The Beginning Is Ending", "Hamza", and "Allo Allo Boom". CD

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✨✧ Steelwool TrioInternational Front ... CD
Okka Disk, 1995. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A classic from the early days of Chicago avant powerhouse Okka Disk – a killer set that really shows the young Ken Vandermark at his best – as he takes off wonderfully here on a selection of reeds, alongside the mighty bassist Kent Kessler and drummer Curt Newton! The group didn't have the longer stamina of some of Vandermark's other projects, but is a key demonstration of the amazing creative energy he brought to Chicago right from the start – as the trio rises with tremendous improvising skills, and all three players are really at their best! The tunes are dedicated to key inspirational figures, as with other Vandermark albums of the period – a list that includes Sun Ra, Roswell Rudd, Paul Lovens, and Jimmy Blanton – and titles include "Dime Store Novel", "Tough Sledding", "Bowling Alley Roughs", "Day Job", "Another Orbit", and "No Sleeves No Service". CD

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✨✧ Jamila WoodsLegacy Legacy (with download) ... LP
Jagjaguwar, 2019. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Jamila Woods already blew us away with her debut – but this second set has the singer ready to take on the world with a huge step forward in her style! Jamila caught us almost by surprise when she first emerged – a Chicago soul singer who wasn't on our radar, and who already had this fully-formed, completely unique style – but here, she embraces legacies of past musical and cultural inspirations, folding them into a instrumental settings created almost completely on her own, and which are topped by these shape-shifting lyrics that really live up to their references. The album shows a powerful, personal, and completely self-contained approach to the music – something that many of Jamila's contemporaries can hardly match – and titles include "Miles", "Baldwin", "Basquiat", "Eartha", "Giovanni", "Zora", "Betty", "Frida", "Sun Ra", and "Octavia". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
Also available Legacy Legacy ... CD 12.99

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✨✧ Philip Cohran & The Artistic Heritage EnsembleOn The Beach (aka Philip Cohran & The Artistic Heritage Ensemble) (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Zulu, Late 60s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Mindblowing – and a landmark recording that crosses all boundaries in the Chicago music scene of the late 60s! Philip Cohran was a visionary musician who'd played with Sun Ra during the 60s, but who left Ra to forge his own musical vision by the middle part of the decade. The Artistic Heritage ensemble was a crucially important group in Chicago – one that drew players from both the soul and jazz scenes, with a wealth of talents that later went onto work with groups like Earth Wind & Fire, The Pharoahs, Ra's Arkestra, and other ensembles. Talents on this set alone include players like Charles Handy, Don Myrick, Aaron Dodd, Henry Gibson, and Louis Satterfield – not to mention Cohran, who plays cornet (as he did with Sun Ra), plus two groovy instruments of his own invention: the violin uke and the great Frankiphone, a sort of electric thumb piano whose use on these recordings pre-dated the very famous Kalimba sound that Earth Wind & Fire would use to great success during the 70s. The album includes the driving conga funk track "Unity", the singing soulful track "The Minstrel", the incredibly haunting "On The Beach", and the track "Motherhood", which has a strong Abbey Lincoln type of feel. Plus, the CD also includes 2 bonus cuts – "New Frankiphone Blues" ( a funky monster that was only ever out on a 7" single), and a great live version of "Unity" from 1968. The whole thing's a beautiful batch of spiritual jazzy tracks with a good groove – and a perfect blend of soul and spirit, jazz and righteousness! CD
 
 
 



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