SUN RA: The Cymbals - Symbols Sessions - New York City 1973 (2-CD)
(2018/Modern Harmonic) 11 tracks
Cymbals has finally landed… and brought a 2nd saucer with it!
Originally recorded for the Impulse! jazz label in ’73, Cymbals
is paired with a 2nd disc of unheard material from the same sessions.
Hear Ra’s Baroque soundscapes, electrolytic clusters and dithering Moogs
catalyze images of monoliths, space stations, computers malfunctioning
and galaxies imploding on two compact saucers, with liner notes by known
Ra-fficianado Brother Cleve!
Making its debut here, the 2nd disc is culled from a mysterious tape
recorded during the same time frame and with many of the same musicians
(though no Ronnie Boykins; Ra provides keyboard bass). Could this be one
of the unissued Impulse! LPs? Quite probable. The tape box only lists
the song titles.
The 2nd disc opens with some "Space Age Cocktail Music" as only Sun Ra
could conjure in his intergalactic lounge. Continuing the Sci-Fi film
references, the first four tracks could well be post-last call cantina
music from a galaxy far, far away. The final two tracks, comprising Ra’s
keyboards and accompanying drums/percussion, feels like an alternate
soundtrack to 2001: A Space Odyssey, a film still playing in theaters in
The Cymbals / Symbols Sessions New York City 1973 is yet another
piece of the puzzle, the Mr. Re of Mr. Ra. On two compact saucers with
liner notes by known Ra-fficianado Brother Cleve!
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