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SUN RA: Sub Underground
A classic Saturn experimental studio/rehearsal release, starting with 8 delirious minutes of Kora and Piano frame – almost certainly the Strange Strings instruments, whatever they were… and then Ra’s signature clavinet of the period and an unidentifiable double- reed instrument, probably Marshall Allen… enter the xylophone.. I sense you’re getting the picture; all in all 21 great later-1960s minutes. Followed by a lyrical standard with Ra playing acoustic piano and John Gilmore saying what has to be said: a live recording, as is the next; congas, bongos, Ra on Rocksichord and singing in the Ra-African style. Some fine straight ahead jazz follows – with serious electric guitar and great tenor playing. And so it goes on, winding up with full-on Space is the Place Angel rant from Ra – not the best sound, but heartfelt. A fine, eclectic collection with enough gems. First time available on CD.
Code: Artyard CD013