In Music for Futurists #6: Tribute to Sun Ra (1940 to 1993) we look at the highly productive jazz musician, composer, poet and bandleader best known for his “cosmic” philosophies on life and music.
He began performing professionally as a teen and, after moving to Chicago in 1945, immersed himself in jazz and the blues. Along the way, Sun Ra was influenced by space, religion and radical social movements—all of which found their way into his music. A prolific composer and record label owner, he took to wearing colorful, outlandish costumes with his band members – The Arkestra.
These tracks, mixes, and albums shared here are longer and definitely worth the investment. Take a trip with Sun Ra.
Space is the place (1974)
Door Of The Cosmos
Dance of the Cosmo Aliens
Sun Ra in Montreux 1976 (II): Take The A Train
When There Is No Sun
For what is known, this is likely the first jazz piece ever with an electric keyboard (a Wurlitzer). Taken from “Super-sonic jazz” album, 1956.
Where Pathways Meet
Jazz In Silhouette (Full Album)
Sun Ra Tribute Mix
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