Thursday, May 18, 2006

Bit 'o Torrent...

Sun Ra All Stars - Paris 11/1/83: This is a fine FM recording of the Sun Ra Arkestra augmented by some real heavy hitters like Lester Bowie and Don Cherry on trumpet, Archie Shepp on saxophones, Richard Davis on bass, Philly Joe Jones on drums and Don Moye on percussion. They fit hand in glove with the group, particularly Bowie and Cherry who blow hard and strong on the early open themed improvisations. Full-frontal improv in not the only thing on the menu, as the group plays a fascinating version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" where the band skirts the melody, never explicitly playing it, but never drifting out into the aether. They round this special concert out with "Poinciana" and "Round Midnight," a couple of standards to finish up a fascinating concert.

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