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Sun Ra

Overview
Works: 691 works in 1,601 publications in 5 languages and 12,370 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Jazz  Drama  Songs and music  Documentary films  Free jazz  Music  Historical reenactments (Motion pictures)  History 
Roles: Author, Performer, Composer, Instrumentalist, Arranger, Conductor, Actor, Interviewee, Singer, Other, Musician, Narrator, Lyricist, Bibliographic antecedent
Classifications: ML410.S978, 781.65092
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Most widely held works about Sun Ra
 
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Most widely held works by Sun Ra
Space is the place by Sun Ra( Recording )

29 editions published between 1973 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 294 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jazz in silhouette : images and forecasts of tomorrow by Sun Ra( Recording )

3 editions published in 1991 in Undetermined and No Linguistic content and held by 214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The cry of jazz by Sun Ra( Visual )

8 editions published between 2000 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"[This] ... semi-documentary film was completed in 1958 in Chicago ... Long before the concept of Black Culture existed, THE CRY OF JAZZ argued that Black American life shared a structural identity with jazz. It is one of the earliest documentary films made by Black Americans ... [The film] is structured in seven parts. Parts 1, 3, 5 and 7 consist of dramatic scenes in which the significance of jazz and Black American life is discussed by an interracial cast. Sandwiched between these discussions are parts 2, 4 and 6, in which the structure, history, and future of jazz and Black American life are presented in documentary form, along with a jazz soundtrack. Most of the music is composed and performed by the late jazz great Sun Ra and his Arkestra. The music is vintage Sun Ra from his '50s Chicago years."--Www.edblandmusic.com/TheCryofJazz.htm
Space is the place by Sun Ra( Visual )

13 editions published between 1974 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 176 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sun Ra, space-age prophet, lands his spaceship, having been presumed lost in space for a few years. Like Ra himself, Space is the Place is one of a kind, a mythopoetic manifesto made by people who believed in Ra's mystical message as much as they dug the raw splendor of his Afro-psychedelica
Sun Ra : a joyful noise by Sun Ra( Visual )

10 editions published between 1980 and 2015 in English and French and held by 163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A documentary that examines the unusual performance techniques and beliefs of the enigmatic Sun Ra. Features performances by and interviews with Sun Ra and his Arkestra
Strange celestial road by Sun Ra( )

10 editions published between 1980 and 1987 in 3 languages and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Heliocentric worlds by Sun Ra( Recording )

10 editions published between 1992 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Atlantis by Sun Ra( Recording )

13 editions published between 1973 and 2003 in 3 languages and held by 128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

El primer disco en el que Sun Ra se dedica totalmente a los teclados eléctronicos e introduce de manera definitiva los momentos en los que la percusión es el elemento dominante
Somewhere else by Sun Ra( )

7 editions published in 1993 in 3 languages and held by 128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Spaceship lullaby by Sun Ra( )

7 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 116 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Impressions of A patch of blue by Jerry Goldsmith( )

10 editions published between 1965 and 1999 in No Linguistic content and Undetermined and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The singles by Sun Ra( Recording )

15 editions published between 1996 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This two-disc collection of Sun Ra-related 45s and alternate takes took over three years to compile. It contains every Saturn single that we know to exist as of August, 1996, that did not appaear on an album, with the exception of four sides by Walt Dunn which would not fit on these two CDs and on which Sun Ra does not play. Often pressed in lots of 50, these singles, recorded between 1954 and 1982, represent the "Holy Grail" among Sun Ra collectors, and have never appeared on LP or CD. The 36-page booklet contains liner notes written by four of the universe's leading Ra experts, as well as detailed discographical information and rare photos
A tribute to Sun Ra by New England Conservatory of Music( )

4 editions published between 1992 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Grandiose Hommage an den Sonderling Sun Ra von Saxofonisten Kathrin Lemke und ihrem Oktett. "Sun Ra war zeitlebens gänzlich unverdächtig, von staatlichen Stellen gefördert oder trotz seiner schwarzen Hautfarbe als gleichwertiges Mitglied der Gesellschaft anerkannt zu werden. Sehr spät erfährt zumindest seine Musik eine längst überfällige Ehrung. Die Initiative Musik - eine Fördereinrichtung der Bundesregierung und der Musikwirtschaft - unterstützte im Jahr 2011 das Album 'A Tribute To Sun Ra' der von Kathrin Lemke geleiteten Formation Heliocentric Counterblast finanziell. Musik des angeblich vom Saturn auf die Erde herabgestiegenen Herman Blount alias Sun Ra (1914-1993): egozentrisch wie der Schöpfer selbst, ausladend und manchmal geschmeidig, manchmal zerhackt, kurz, laszive Big-Band-Musik eines Künstlers, der von den Jazzorchestern der 1930er-Jahre begeistert war und bereits Anfang der 40er-Jahre seine eigene Großformation gründete. Lemke und Trompeter Nikolaus Neuser verbeugen sich mit je einer eigenen Komposition vor der Musik des Mystikers Sun Ra, dessen hier interpretierte Stücke von Alben wie 'Lady With The Golden Stockings' und "Jazz In Silhouette"stammen. Kauzig und konsequent querdenkend, bereicherte Sun Ra den Jazz wie nur wenige andere. Heliocentric Counterblast nehmen ihn ernst, indem sie seine Vorgaben aufbröseln und ganz irdisch wieder mit der Gegenwart verknüpfen. Sogar einen Klassiker wie 'S' Wonderful', den Sun Ra 1992 auf 'Somewhere Else' präsentierte" (Klaus Hüber, Jazzthing 94). "Stücke aus dem kosmischen Universum von Sun Ra lassen sich schwerlich nachspielen. Nur wem es gelingt, sie als Startrampen für eigene Erkundungen zu nutzen, wird ihren Erdumlaufbahnen folgen können. Eben das ist der Ansatz, der Berliner Saxophonistin Kathrin Lemke, die sich mit ihrer Band gänzlich unakademisch, lustvoll und wild, aber nie unbesonnen auf Sun Ras wunderliche Mixtur aus Swingtradition und Freigeist einlässt. Der Meister lächelt vom Saturn" (Bert Noglik, Jazzzeitung 3 /12). "Wenn auch in der Berliner Transposition der krude, kosmische Blast, den das Projekt im Titel führt, eher zu einer sublimierten europäischen Sophistication mutiert, macht der Counterblast ungeheuer Laune und beschwört erfolgreich den bewegenden Urgeist des Arkestras. Vielleicht stehen wir, wie einst bei Monk, am Anfang einer großen Sun- Ra-Rezeptions-Welle" (Thomas Fitterling, Rondomagazin 6/12)
Sun song by Sun Ra( Recording )

16 editions published between 1957 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sound of joy by Sun Ra( Recording )

9 editions published between 1968 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Secrets of the sun by Sun Ra( )

3 editions published between 2008 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The music of DC Comics by Bud Collyer( Recording )

5 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A must-have for fans, this compilation features selections from over 80 years of recordings from a variety of DC Comics movies, television shows, animated series, video games, and radio shows
Cosmic tones for mental therapy ; and, Art forms of dimensions tomorrow by Sun Ra( Recording )

8 editions published in 1992 in 3 languages and held by 100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The futuristic sounds of Sun Ra by Sun Ra( Recording )

23 editions published between 1961 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 96 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Super-sonic jazz by Sun Ra( Recording )

8 editions published between 1991 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 96 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
Covers
Blutopia : visions of the future and revisions of the past in the work of Sun Ra, Duke Ellington, and Anthony BraxtonSpace is the place : the lives and times of Sun RaThe wisdom of Sun-Ra : Sun Ra's polemical broadsheets and streetcorner leafletsPathways to unknown worlds : Sun-Ra, El Saturn and Chicago's Afro-futurist underground 1954-68Sun-Ra : traveling the spaceways : the astro black and other solar mythsContemporary Black biography, profiles from the international Black communityContemporary musicians : profiles of the people in music
Alternative Names
Blount Herman

Blount, Herman 1914-1993

Blount, Herman Boole.

Blount, Herman Poole

Blount, Herman Poole 1914-1993

Blount Herman "Sonny" 1914-1993

Blount Sonny

Blount, Sonny 1914-1993

Bourke Sonny

Bourke Sonny 1914-1993

Herman Blount

Herman Lee

Herman Poole Blount

Herman "Sonny" Blount

Le Sonny'r Ra

Le Sonny'r Ra 1914-1993

Le Sony’r Ra.

Le Sony'r Ra

Le Sony'r Ra 1914-1993

Le Sun Ra

Lee Herman

Lee, Herman 1914-1993

Poole Blount, Herman

Ra Arkestra, Sun

Ra, Le Sony’r

Ra, Le Sony'r

Ra, Le Sony'r 1914-1993

Ra, Le Sun

Ra Solar Akestra, Sun

Ra Sun

Ra Sun 1914-1993

Sonny Blount

Sonny Bourke

Sun Ra, 1914-1993

Sun Ra Amerikaans orkestleider (1914-1993)

Sun Ra amerykański kompozytor i muzyk jazzowy

Sun Ra Arkestra

Sun Ra compositeur et pianiste de jazz américain

Sun Ra pianista, compositore e poeta statunitense

Sun Ra Solar Akestra

Sun Ra US-amerikanischer Jazzkomponist und Jazzmusiker

Сан Ра

Сън Ра

سان را

سون را

صن رع

サン・ラー

桑·拉

Languages
English (149)

German (4)

French (2)

Italian (1)

Spanish (1)