Saturday, May 20, 2006

TRICKSTER!: Sun Ra and His Band from Outer Space: "SUN RA had many names. Mr Ra. Mr Re. Mr Mystery. Herman Blount. Le Sony'r Ra. Lucifer. He was one of the most prodigious American bandleaders and composers of the 20th century--part of a line that includes the likes of Jelly Roll Morton and Duke Ellington. But he was also a communitarian cult leader; a record label head; the father of a particular strain of black American pop culture that bended nationalism with Egyptology and science fiction; and a pioneering electronic keyboard player (perhaps the only Moog player to develop a unique vocabulary for the instrument)."