Thursday, September 05, 2013

Sun Ra - Continuation (El Saturn 1963; Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2013)

Continuation comes from a very interesting period in the development of the Sun Ra Arkestra. The band had recently moved to New York City, and recorded this album; one of the rarest El Saturn LPs. It is reissued here with a second disc of associated material recorded in March of 1963. Many of Sun Ra’s regulars are here, including John Gilmore and Pat Patrick on saxophones and Ronnie Boykins on bass. The sound of the group is more open ended and harsher than on previous LP’s seemingly leading up to the Heliocentric Worlds albums they cut for ESP in 1965 which resulted in some of their most avant-garde work. Many of the performances are uncharacteristically short, with sharp blasts of percussion and ringing piano playing across guttural saxophone and haunting flute. “Continuation to Jupiter Festival” continues Ra’s penchant for making long LP length improvisations to close albums. Like on the albums Atlantis and The Magic City, the band ebbs and flows in furious fashion. Along with those Ra albums, the liner notes mention Angels Speak of Love as a contemporaneous album, and that makes sense because both of the sessions really bring rhythm to the forefront. The second disc continues the theme, drawing from the starkly edged and transitional nature of the music. Continuation - Corbett Vs. Dempsey

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