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Sun Ra Arkestra

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Sun Ra (born Herman Poole Blount, legal name Le Sony'r Ra; May 22, 1914 – May 30, 1993) was a prolific jazz composer, bandleader, piano and synthesizer player, poet and philosopher known for his "cosmic philosophy," musical compositions and performances. He was born in Birmingham, Alabama. He is a 1979 inductee of the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame.Known for being a controversial musician, because of Sun Ra's eclectic music and unorthodox lifestyle. Claiming that he was of the "Angel Race" and not from Earth, but from Saturn, Sun Ra developed a complex persona using "cosmic" philosophies and lyrical poetry that made him a pioneer of afrofuturism. He preached awareness and peace above all. He abandoned his birth name and took on the name and persona of Sun Ra (Ra being the Egyptian God of the Sun), and used several other names throughout his career, including Le Sonra and Sonny Lee. Sun Ra denied any connection with his birth name, saying "That's an imaginary person, never existed … Any name that I use other than Ra is a pseudonym."From the mid-1950s to his death, Sun Ra led "The Arkestra" (a deliberate re-spelling of "orchestra"), an ensemble with an ever-changing name and flexible line-up, although certain core members remained with the group through its various incarnations (Marshal Allen, John Gilmore, June Tyson, and others). It was by turns called "The Solar Myth Arkestra", "His Cosmo Discipline Arkestra", the "Blue Universe Arkestra", "Myth Science Arkestra", "The Jet Set Omniverse Arkestra", and many other variations. Sun Ra asserted that the ever-changing name of his ensemble reflected the ever-changing nature of his music. His mainstream success was limited, but Sun Ra was a prolific recording artist and frequent live performer. His music ranged from keyboard solos to big bands of over 30 musicians and touched on virtually the entire history of jazz, from ragtime to swing music, from bebop to free jazz. He also used free improvisation and was one of the early musicians to make extensive use of electronic keyboards.

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Discography

  • Pathways to Unknown Worlds / Friendly Love
  • Second Star to the Right (Salute to Walt Disney), 1995
  • Atlantis, 1969
  • Sub Underground, 1974
  • Some Blues but Not the Kind That's Blue, 2008
  • Springtime in Chicago, 2006
  • On Jupiter, 2008
  • Secrets of the Sun, 1965
  • The Solar Myth Approach, 1990
  • The Magic City, 1966
  • Strange Strings, 2014
  • Outer Spaceways Incorporated, 1993
  • Out There a Minute, 1990
  • Strange Celestial Road, 1982
  • Destination Unknown, 1992
  • Fate in a Pleasant Mood, 1973
  • The Solar-Myth Approach, Volume 1, 2002
  • God Is More Than Love Can Ever Be, 1979
  • The Night of the Purple Moon, 2007
  • Disco 3000
  • Love in Outer Space, 1988
  • Fondation Maeght Nights, Volume 1, 1971
  • When Angels Speak of Love, 2000
  • Reflections in Blue, 1987
  • Universe in Blue, 2014
  • I, Pharaoh
  • Horizon, 1974
  • The Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra, Volume 2, 1966
  • God's Private Eye, 2000
  • Unity
  • Dance of Innocent Passion, 1981
  • Bad & Beautiful, 1975
  • Fate in a Pleasant Mood / When Sun Comes Out, 1993
  • Greatest Hits: Easy Listening for Intergalactic Travel, 2000
  • Outer Space Employment Agency, 1999
  • Hours After, 1986
  • The Complete Detroit Jazz Center Residency, 2007
  • Live at the Paradox, 2009
  • Nidhamu, 1972
  • Sunrise in Different Dimensions, 1981
  • Music From Tomorrow's World, 2002
  • Life is Splendid, 1999
  • The Sun Myth, 1990
  • Live From Soundscape, 1994
  • Sun Ra Visits Planet Earth / Interstellar Low Ways, 1992
  • Cosmo Omnibus Imagiable Illusion: Live at Pit-Inn, 1988
  • Mix Tape, 2014
  • Rocket Ship Rock, 2009
  • Nuclear War, 1984
  • The Sun Ra Arkestra Meets Salah Ragab in Egypt, 1983
  • Media Dreams, 2008
  • Sleeping Beauty, 1979
  • It's After the End of the World, 1972
  • Live in London 1990, 2003
  • A Fireside Chat With Lucifer, 1984
  • Friendly Galaxy, 1993
  • The Lady With the Golden Stockings, 1966
  • A Quiet Place in the Universe, 1994
  • A Song for the Sun, 1999
  • Stardust From Tomorrow, 1996
  • Angels and Demons at Play / The Nubians of Plutonia, 1993
  • We Travel the Spaceways / Bad & Beautiful, 1992
  • Space Is the Place, 1993
  • Super-Sonic Sounds, 1974
  • Super-Sonic Jazz, 1957
  • Mayan Temples, 1999
  • Continuation, 1970
  • Other Planes of There, 1992
  • Holiday for Soul Dance, 1992
  • The Solar-Myth Approach, Volume 2, 2004
  • Sound Sun Pleasure!!, 1970
  • Live at the Hackney Empire, 1994
  • Live at Montreux, 2003
  • A Night in East Berlin / My Brothers the Wind & Sun No. 9, 1995
  • 1970-11-18: Paradiso, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Cosmic Tones for Mental Therapy, 1967
  • We Travel the Spaceways
  • The Second Stop Is Jupiter, 2009
  • When Sun Comes Out, 1963
  • Jazz in Silhouette, 1992
  • Live in Paris at the "Gibus"
  • Visits Planet Earth, 1966
  • Bad and Beautiful, 1972
  • The Nubians of Plutonia, 1974
  • The Invisible Shield, 1974
  • Song of the Stargazers, 1980
  • Art Forms of Dimensions Tomorrow, 1965
  • Pictures of Infinity, 1971
  • Angels and Demons at Play, 1967
  • Sound of Joy, 1968
  • Interplanetary Melodies, 2009
  • Space Probe, 1974
  • Live in Egypt 1
  • Cosmic Tones for Mental Therapy / Art Forms of Dimensions Tomorrow, 1992
  • Live at Praxis '84, 2004
  • Strange Worlds, 2005

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