• Early Sun Ra at his best...free jazz, bebop, swing, exotica combine uniquely!
  • In an alternative universe, Sun Ra is as beloved a jazz icon as Duke Ellington. Luckily, we do not live in that world. We live in the world where he is a unique genius, probably never to be matched. An inspiration to so many from The MC5 to Sonic Youth to Lou Reed, this album is an exotica-tinged sideways look at his usual innovative work. His debut on a "major" label, the album was produced by the legendary Tom Wilson (Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, The Velvet Underground, The Mothers of Invention, The Animals). Pressed on heavyweight orange psychedelic splatter vinyl, this is a must for any record collection!
  • Sun Ra in excelsis..the power of Afro Futurism, pop, R&B, free jazz, swing, you name it...in a unique Sun Ra manner oh yesh
  • ''Jazz By Sun Ra'' was the debut album length recording by Sun Ra. The LP originally appeared on the short-lived and pioneering label Transition Records,which was headed by the young Tom Wilson, and released a number of unique jazz albums in this period by the likes of Cecil Taylor and Donald Byrd. Transition releases tended to include elaborate if home made looking packaging more perhaps in tune with today's buyers and artists than those of the 1950s, When originally released, Jazz By Sun Ra came with an extensive booklet featuring words and photos of Sun Ra and his Arkestra. from which we excerpt Sun Ra's own comments on the album contents. Wilson was to continue in an extensive and successful career as a major label A&R man/producer, with a range from Bob Dylan's ''Like A Rolling Stone'' to the first 2 Velvet Underground albums and way beyond...he was to remain close friends with Sun Ra, re-entering the story on a number of occasions in years to come. The LP features original compositions by Sun Ra along with one by Arkestral bassist Richard Evans. The single non-Arkestral composition is Possession, by Harry Revel, which had been written for Les Baxter's slightly bizarre Exotica album oddity Perfume Set to Music, which shows just how wide ranging Sun's listening and how open his mind was to the unusual even in the 1950s!! **Remastered original 1955 recording of Sun Ra's earliest released LP **Features the original Transition Records cover, with excerpts from the original booklet included as liner notes. **A must for all fans of the unique world of Sun Ra...it's first stirrings!
  • Jazz in Silhouette, by Sun Ra and His Arkestra was recorded on March 6, 1959 and released in May of the same year. The album is considered to be one of Ra's best from his Chicago period before veering off into 'their full-fledged explorations into the avant-garde' that characterises their New York recordings of the 1960s..... ''Jazz in Silhouette stands as an overlooked masterpiece, a work that shows Ra not as a mere curiosity or backwater galaxy, but as a major creative force in the jazz universe, a center of gravity around which many of jazz’s major developments have orbited.This album simply inspires, no matter what perspective you adopt: rhythm, melody, ensemble or mood....Jazz in Silhouette shows Ra doing what he did like few others: looking at the past, present and future simultaneously while maintaining a unified musical direction....'' **Remastered original 1950s recordings **Complete as originally released in the simple silk-screened cover by HP Corbissero... **A must for all Sun Ra fans....and fans of this crossroads in jazz..
  • Super-Sonic Jazz, by Sun Ra, was recorded in 1956 at RCA Studios, Chicago. Now, it may have been difficult back in the day to take the album seriously when the liner notes declare, "21st Century Limited Edition by LE SUN RA and his Arkestra." Yet, very few albums *should* be taken as seriously. Sun Ra’s 1956 effort is on fact one of the finest semi-unknown records in jazz. Sun Ra’s relative obscurity among jazz listeners has always been a mystery; portrayals of Ra seem to miss the most important point: he was a musician of the highest order. His big band writing was a hybrid of Ellington-like harmonic lines, Basie-like driving swing, and Mingus-like exuberance. Although he is best known for his free-sounding jazz arrangements in the 1960’s, Ra was steeped deeply in the tradition of big band music. This album displays that influence in full tilt, infused by the unique swing of his twelve-man group. **Remastered original 1950s album **Original liner notes by Sun Ra **A must for all Sun Ra fans..and fans of the best Big Band jazz...as it morphs into something rich and strange....