This is the first installment in my top-whatever list of favorite Sun Ra albums. They are listed in no particular order.
It is so rare to hear Sun Ra in a small ensemble setting, let alone a trio. Here we have Saturn LP 72579:
Days of Happiness (Ra)
Magic City Blue (Ra)
Blithe Spirit Dance (Ra)
God Is More Than Love Can Ever Be (Ra)
Ra-p; Richard Williams-b; Luqman Ali-d. Recorded 7/25/1979.
Luqman Ali, WOW. One sick drummer. He is remains a lifer in the Arkestra, continuing to perform under the direction of alto saxophonist Marshall Allen, who has been in the Arkestra since damn near the beginning.
This is a HOT album, straight up. High energy, it swings. Some might say it is a little straight forward for Sun Ra. I don't think so; I think that sans Arkestra anything could sound a little tame. What I can say is that hearing him with only bass and drums is nothing short of awesome. Mr. Ra tends to lay back in his larger ensembles; Arkestra recordings are more composition oriented; here you have Ra playing jazz piano, straight through.
I'm not too sure about the rarity/availability of this LP, but I'm not too familiar with it, which means it must be a little obscure.
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My Favorite Sun Ra Albums - Sun Ra - God Is More Than Love Can Ever Be
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