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Sun Ra

Sun Ra
Born: May 22, 1914 in Birmingham, AL
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Died: May 30, 1993 in Birmingham, AL
Genre: Jazz, World, Classical
Biography: Of all the jazz musicians, Sun Ra was probably the most controversial. He did not make it easy for people to take him seriously, for he surrounded his adventurous music with costumes and mythology that both looked backward toward ancient Egypt and forward into science fiction. In addition, Ra documented ...Read full biography
Released: 1978
Label: Evidence
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While one can't quite call it the Sun Ra dance album, this 1978 recording, made for a tiny Philadelphia record label, finds the Sun Ra Arkestra's rhythm section settling into a steady groove on each of ...Read full review
The Nubians of Plutonia
Released: 1959
Label: Impulse!
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In the late '50s, Sun Ra emerged from big band to modern/progressive big band status, began to employ electronics, and used a more Afro-Centric percussive focus. This recording perfecly demonstrates those ...Read full review