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Torn Light Records
Chicago, IL 60647

Sun Ra & His Solar Arkestra – Secrets Of The Sun

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Secrets of the Sun is considered one of the more accessible recordings from his ‘Solar’ period. Originally released on Ra’s own Saturn label in 1965, the record was unavailable for many years. Sun Ra was a jazz composer, bandleader, piano and synthesizer player, poet and philosopher known for his experimental music, “cosmic” philosophy, prolific output, and theatrical performances. For much of his career, Ra led The Arkestra, an ensemble with an ever-changing name and flexible line-up. Born and raised in Alabama, Blount would eventually become involved in the 1940s Chicago jazz scene. He soon abandoned his birth name, taking the name Sun Ra (after Ra, the Egyptian God of the Sun) and developing a complex persona and mythology that would make him a pioneer of Afrofuturism: he claimed he was an alien from Saturn on a mission to preach peace, and throughout his life he consistently denied any ties to his prior identity. His widely eclectic and avant-garde music would eventually touch on virtually the entire history of jazz, ranging from swing music and bebop to free jazz and fusion, and his compositions ranged from keyboard solos to big bands of over 30 musicians. From the mid-1950s until his death, Ra led the musical collective The Arkestra (which featured artists such as Marshall Allen, John Gilmore, June Tyson throughout it’s various iterations). It’s performances often included dancers and musicians dressed in elaborate, futuristic costumes inspired by ancient Egyptian attire and the space age. Of this album, Troy Collins writes: ‘Marking a transition in it’s development between the advanced swing of the early Chicago-era recordings and the increased free-form experimentation of it’s New York tenure, this album also reveals the first recorded versions of two Ra standards, “Friendly Galaxy” and “Love in Outer Space.” Accessible, yet segueing into vanguard territory, this album highlights a fertile period in the Arkestra’s history. Looser and more aggressive than it’s Chicago recordings, these pieces find the Arkestra pushing at the limits of harmony and tonality.’


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