World of Jazz Podcast #08 – Sun Ra Special

A Boxing Day special featuring the genius of Sun Ra – listen here

  1. Sun Ra and the Arkestra – El Is A Sound of Joy – Sound of Joy (1957) –  music from the Chicago-based band of the 1950s with ties to the bop and swing traditions that marked his early work. 
  2. Sun Ra Arkestra – Egypt Strut – Egypt Strut (1983) Ra playing the music of Salah Ragab in Egypt in 1983.
  3. Sun Ra and the Intergalactic Space Research Arkestra – King Porter Stomp – Live In Paris At The Gibus (1973) phenomenal cover of Jelly Roll Morton’s “King Porter Stomp” recorded in October 1973.
  4. Sun and His Arkestra – Drop Me Off In Harlem – Nuclear War (1982) one of the rarest discs in Sun Ra’s catalogue. Recorded in 1982,  the album disappeared until 2001 when the Chicago-based Atavistic label made it part of their  “Unheard Music Series.”
  5. Sun Ra and his Intergalaxtic Arkestra – Frisco Fog – Second Star To The Right (1989)  Ra got into a Disney phase around 1989 when asked to interpret “Pink Elephants on Parade” from Dumbo for a pop tribute album to Disney called Stay Awake.
  6. Sun Ra and his Arkestra – Door Of The Cosmos – Sleeping Beauty (1979) one of the great Ra albums – very chilled and memorable for the use of electric bass and guitar.
  7. Sun Ra and his Arkestra – My Favourite Things – Some Blues But Not The Kind That’s Blue (1977) Ra concentrating on the standards and playing within the confines of the music rather than his more extreme explorations.
  8. Sun Ra and his Intergalactic Cosmo Arkestra – We Travel The Spaceways – Live at Montreux (1976) Another classic live set from Ra and the team.
  9. Sun Ra – The World Shadow – Featuring Pharoah Sanders and Black Harold (1972) an amazing mix of cascading piano, dense, counterpointed free bop and chaotic discourse leading into ritual African drumming. The earliest known recorded performance of “The Shadow World” (here reverse-named as “The World Shadow”), a complex structured piece which was to feature on several of Ra’s better known records of subsequent years, notably The Magic City.
  10. Sun Ra and his Solar Myth Arkestra – Walking On The Moon – My Brother The Wind Vol 2 (1970) another late 60s album which is regarded as a classic with a 15-piece group with eight horns, two drums and three percussionists.
  11. Le Sun Ra and his Arkestra – Springtime In Chicago – Supersonic Jazz – Sun Ra had only been leading his Arkestra for a couple of years when they recorded the 12 songs featured on this 1956 session.
  12. Sun Ra and his Solar Arkestra- Reflections In Blue – Visits Planet Earth Interstellar Low Ways (1956) from a session in Chicago….originally intended for the Sound of Joy album.

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Aural Delights Radio Show – 18th May 2011 – A Farley’s Fumbles Special

Once again my Enzed based chum and campanological co-worker Mr Fothergill Farley selects a goodly portion of the tunes on the show – in between new stuff that has been sent my way ….. please note the not so deliberate error of calling the Home Time Secret the Home Town Heroes – which is due to the fact that the band had told me they had settled on a new name after I had recorded the show….

1 Lake Radio – Heaven’s Gate – Planet Earth About To be Recycled – thanks to Rob from Borland for bringing this fine band to my attention. You can access this album on Bandcamp . The band is actually a bit more crytographic than I can cope with on my keyboard in that the a in Lake is replaced by a blocked out triangle symbol which plays havoc with radio show recording software as well. Anyway ambient electronica and other bits with found sounds of the highest order.

2 Sun Ra – The Perfect Man – The Singles – Farleys first fumble – a jaunty little number from Sonny which is good for the soul and jazz in your bones

3 Serena Maneesh – Opium Priest – 12″ Split with Fucked Up – the serendipity of searching for new music comes into play here in that Fucked Up were playing Islington Mill a couple of weeks ago and I was researching them and I came across this split and then started digging a bit deeper. They are from Oslo and if you read the Wikipedia article you can see the influences that are fairly evident from this song.

4 Stereolab – Varoom! – Lo Fi EP – another fumble. I have to confess to being a tad ambivalent about this band but this sounds quite good.

5 Day for Airstrikes – Get In My Car – Adam Wes Ian John Danny Rita Sue and Bob Too – suddenly the DFA lads are shipping out material at an unprecedented rate of knots – I mean two releases in the space of 12 months – heaven forfend. The music was a soundtrack to the grimy comedy from way back when which was played once at Sounds from the Other City on May 1st. There’s a rather nice vid-chip of them here courtesy of MCR Skenwipe….not sure about Mr Breen’s hoody though. A more relaxed and ambient DFA than we are used to but rather groovy post-rock I feel.

6 Super Furry Animals – (Drawing) Rings Around the World – Rings Around The World – another Farley fumble and 2001 saw the welsh psyche experimentalists at their most accessible I feel.

7 The Smitten Ones – Crooked Cards – Crooked Cards/Siren – the debut release from Twister Records. A nice blend of twangy guitars, ethereal synths and a baritone vox which is compelling listening. I like this so much I am going to play it next week as well.

8 Ted Benson –  Mystery Man – United Colours of Benson – another Fumble ….. released in 1998 on 7″ vinyl.  Psychedelic hillbillies from that London who morphed into a heavy metal outfit. Quirky I feel is the best description

9 Home Town Secret – Diamond Eyes – Demo Track – as mentioned above I thought they were called the Home Town Heroes but they are called the Home Town Secret. They were called Shortlisted but then they lost a drummer and changed their name. More on next weeks show.

10 The Apples in Stereo – Rocket Pad – Science Faire – another band from the Elephant Six Collective which Farley is so fond of.  This is consistent with the slightly psyche theme to the show.

11 Clayton Road  -Mercury – Single – I got this from one of the promo companies that send me stuff – the rather gnomic biog says “Created by Michael Purvis and previously signed to a label in America, Clayton Road now release their first single since severing ties with the label. Having worked with various band members and producers over the last few years and performed at a number of major venues in his area including the Carling Academy, it is likely you will be hearing a lot more from Clayton Road in the near future!”

12 The Green Pajamas  – Just Another Perfect Day – If You Knew What I Dreamed…..- one of the last of the 22 albums released by the bands between 1994 and 2007. The liner notes say “an album culled from Kelly’s 30+ years of song-writing. Recorded in the summer of 2007, these are all new live band arrangements of sixteen songs, many never before released on record. The band draws from Kelly’s early solo releases Baroquen Hearts, Coffee in Nepal, Ash Wednesday Rain and beyond, as well as The Green Pajamas Book of Hours, Indian Winter and November albums plus two brand new songs, Claire’s Knee and Raise Ravens. Recorded and mixed fast, these stripped down sessions (1 rock band + percussionist) have an exciting and spontaneous energy, the songs themselves being the focus, as opposed to elaborate production of other Pajamas albums. Kelly calls this album an official bootleg.”

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