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(Modern Harmonic) 6 tracks, Digisleeve     First ever CD reissue!...more

Sun Ra: Pathways To Unknown Worlds (CD)

(Modern Harmonic) 6 tracks, Digisleeve
  •     First ever CD reissue!
  •     CD version contains three Pathways session recordings left off the original, one never before issued!
  •     A stunning recreation of the original gatefold jacket!
Intrinsic energies of mythic worlds!
'Pathways' was originally issued on LP in 1975 as part of Ra’s ill-fated and short-lived ABC/Impulse! partnership. This Modern Harmonic CD edition has been exquisitely mastered from the four-track session reel. The Impulse! LP was formatted as “Quad Compatible”—short for “quadraphonic”—which you could enjoy if you had four speakers, a custom quad cartridge/stylus, and a quad decoder integrated into your ’70s hi-fi. (None of this technology ever achieved wide consumer acceptance. “Back to Stereo,” if you call that progress.)

Ra’s original LP liner notes expressed his disdain for the past and his vision towards the future. But the future here rendered by Ra seems more dystopian than utopian. Imagine this album as an aural Science Fiction novel, analogous to the contemporaneous writings of Philip K. Dick, Harlan Ellison, Samuel R. Delany, and others who dwelled in unknown worlds where confusion and chaos often reign. A cybernetical soundscape for time travel through an inscrutable cosmos.

These 1975 guided improvisations are imbued with an underlying violence, alternate twists, bank turns, headchoppers, loops, rolls, sidewinders and drops. It’s a dark & glorious journey, and features the debut of the complete version of Extension Out and the previously unissued View From A Mountain Top, and a few more rarities!

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  • Interpret: Sun Ra

  • Album titlle: Pathways To Unknown Worlds (CD)

  • Genre Jazz

  • Preiscode VCD6
  • Label Sundazed Records

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0090771808424

  • weight in Kg 0.1
Sun Ra - Pathways To Unknown Worlds (CD) CD 1
01Pathways To Unknown WorldsSun Ra
02Extension Out (Complete Take)Sun Ra
03Cosmo-MediaSun Ra
04View From A Mountain TopSun Ra
05Intrinsic EnergiesSun Ra
06Of Mythic WorldsSun Ra
Sun Ra Sun Ra Sun Ra was an American experimental and avant-garde jazz composer and... more
"Sun Ra"

Sun Ra

Sun Ra

Sun Ra was an American experimental and avant-garde jazz composer and musician (piano, organ, keyboard), poet and philosopher. He was born on 22 May 1914 as Herman'Sonny' Blount in Birmingham, Alabama and died on 30 May 1993 in his birthplace.

myth

Sun Ra was already considered a myth during his lifetime and until today as one of the most wicked jazz musicians of this world (or the Orbit?). With his very own style and innovative ideas, he polarized the critics and the audience. For some he was a brilliant innovator, for others a charlatan. However, it is undisputed that Sun Ra is one of the pioneers of free jazz.

Arkestra

His bizarre astrological sermons and philosophies made him as famous as his musical compositions and performances. In 1952 he gave up his birth name and took the name Sun Ra (Ra is the name of the ancient Egyptian sun god) and conducted an orchestra with a constantly changing line-up, the famous Arkestra. The most notable members of the Arkestra were the saxophonists John Gilmore, who in turn strongly influenced John Coltrane, and Marshall Allen, who still leads the Arkestra today. The word Arkestra was developed by Sun Ra as a connection from ark to orchestra.

Cosmic Jazz

In the 1950s, Sun Ras first developed music from swing, with which he began his career in the 1940s,'reinventing' himself by using the science fiction hype, devoting himself to space issues and giving his new sounds the label'Cosmic Jazz'. According to music critics and jazz historians, some of his best works were created during this period. Notable Sun-Ra albums of the 1950s include many Super-Sonic Jazz, Sun Ra Visits Planet Earth, Interstellar Low Ways, Angels And Demons At Play, We Travel The Spaceways and Jazz in Silhouette.

Saturn

As early as the 1950s, the eccentric began wearing strange costumes and headdress in Egyptian style. He claimed he came from the planet Saturn and developed an artificial figure of lyrical poetry and'cosmic' philosophies preaching peace and consciousness. Unlike many black musicians of his generation, he rarely talked about controversial topics. He preferred to make music while the ensemble of musicians who worked with him and toured with him was constantly changing.

The Sixties, 70s and beyond

In the 1960s, Sun Ras music became increasingly experimental with a tendency towards chaos. During this period his popularity reached its peak when Beat Generation and Psychedelic Rock discovered Sun Ra for themselves.

During the 1970s and beyond, the music of Sun Ra and the Arkestra developed in conventional directions, but still highly eclectic and energetic. With the singer June Tyson he brought jazz standards to the stage in a captivating way and began to process parts of Walt Disney's music from the Disney films. In the late 1980s, the Arkestra even gave a concert in Disney World.

Sun Ra has recorded over 100 albums from 1956 to 1993. Some were released on his own label El Saturn and many others under the name Sun Ra & His Arkestra and numerous variations of them (Sun Ra & His Solar Arkestra, Sun Ra & His Myth Science Arkestra, etc.).

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Tracklist
Sun Ra - Pathways To Unknown Worlds (CD) CD 1
01 Pathways To Unknown Worlds
02 Extension Out (Complete Take)
03 Cosmo-Media
04 View From A Mountain Top
05 Intrinsic Energies
06 Of Mythic Worlds