Sun Ra’s Pathways through the 1970s
Sun Ra, by his attestation, may not have been of this world, but he was most certainly in this world during the 1970s; and like others who inhabited the space commonly associated with jazz during those times, his pathways grazed musical trends of the day. This NPR feature, by Jeff Golick and Jeff Jackson of Destination: OUT, points to five recordings documenting Sun Ra’s travels during that period.
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“This is the A Train to Saturn…this station stop, Montreux.”
Sun Ra steps aboard Billy Strayhorn’s “Take the A Train” at Montreux in 1976, taking it, respectfully, in his own direction. With a rollicking solo from tenor saxophonist John Gilmore.
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