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18.2.10

My Favorite Sun Ra Albums - Sun Ra - God Is More Than Love Can Ever Be

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:

Side A:
Days of Happiness (Ra)
Magic City Blue (Ra)
Tenderness (Ra)

Side B:
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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  3. It's a relief that these blogs still exist and I can take pleasure of them and get the most of them as much as possible.

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  4. The title track of this album is my favorite piece of music - period. Talk about soul. Talk about blues. Talk about spiritual. This is the most deeply moving, profound music I know. I waste words trying to convey how it affects me. Thank you so much for posting it. I hope many will keep and share it.

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  5. This record is an absolutely astounding piece of music. Magic City Blue is a wild stride/boogie piano composition, and Tenderness is amazingly beautiful and evocative.

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