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Sun Ra Arkestra

Overview
Works: 237 works in 413 publications in 2 languages and 3,675 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  Free jazz  Music  History  Short films  Drama  Historical reenactments (Motion pictures)  Jazz  Live sound recordings  Biography 
Roles: Performer, Instrumentalist, Musician
Classifications: M1366.S86, 781.65
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Sun Ra Arkestra
Jazz in silhouette : images and forecasts of tomorrow by Sun Ra( Recording )

8 editions published between 1975 and 2011 in No Linguistic content and Undetermined and held by 236 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The cry of jazz by Sun Ra( Visual )

3 editions published between 2000 and 2012 in English and held by 186 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
Sun Ra : a joyful noise by Sun Ra( Visual )

9 editions published between 1980 and 2015 in English and held by 166 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A documentary that examines the unusual performance techniques and beliefs of the enigmatic Sun Ra
Erwachen( )

1 edition published in 1996 and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sound of joy by Sun Ra( Recording )

2 editions published between 1968 and 1994 in No Linguistic content and English and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Some blues but not the kind that's blue by Sun Ra( )

2 editions published in 2008 and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Sun Ra Arkestra meets Salah Ragab in Egypt by Sun Ra Arkestra( )

2 editions published between 1999 and 2004 and held by 98 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Music from tomorrow's world by Sun Ra( )

4 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 97 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sun song by Sun Ra( Recording )

5 editions published between 1967 and 1990 in No Linguistic content and Undetermined and held by 96 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Super-sonic jazz by Sun Ra( Recording )

5 editions published in 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 94 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nuclear war by Sun Ra( )

3 editions published between 1982 and 2006 in No Linguistic content and English and held by 88 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Greatest hits : easy listening for intergalactic travel by Sun Ra( Recording )

2 editions published in 2000 and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Those wondering where to begin when buying their first Sun Ra album, this is it!," declares an Evidence Music press release on their Sun Ra anthology Greatest Hits: Easy Listening for Intergalactic Travel. It also notes that, since Sun Ra never had any actual "hits," the 18 tracks from 15 Sun Ra albums, plus two singles and a soundtrack excerpt, were chosen because they were fan favorites, because they displayed the artist's development over the years 1956-73, and because of "their musical 'accessibility' -- relatively speaking of course." True enough. Proceeding chronologically, the album finds a bebop-influenced big band on its earliest tracks, which include the familiar jazz covers "'Round Midnight" and "I Loves You, Porgy." As early as 1960's "Rocket Number Nine Take Off for the Planet Venus," however, the band is beginning to exhibit its interest in space travel and equally spacy music, including chanting and an odd bass solo. From here on out, things get strange, but most of the tracks are low-key and at least somewhat composed. Within those "easy listening" parameters, however, there is room for everything from the outside saxophone work on the ballad "When Angels Speak of Love" to the heavily percussive "Yucatan" and the set-closing fractured pop of "The Perfect Man." If the album succeeds in its mission, it's because it does treat accessibility as a relative term that includes tracks like "Thither and Yon," with its wild reed solo, as well as fairly straight-ahead performances. Listeners looking for clues to the rest of Sun Ra's catalog in this compilation should be warned that there is more of the experimental stuff proportionally than is found here, but they can be eased into Sun Ra's cock-eyed vision by starting here. William Ruhlmann
In the orbit of Ra by Sun Ra( Recording )

4 editions published in 2014 in 3 languages and held by 73 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bringing together Sun Ra highlights from over 25 years of music, the album provides an introduction to the music of Sun Ra, all mastered from the original tapes
Singles : the definitive 45s collection, 1952-1991 by Sun Ra( Recording )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thunder of the gods by Sun Ra( Recording )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Live in London 1990 by Sun Ra( )

and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reflections in blue by Sun Ra( Recording )

12 editions published between 1987 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Strange celestial road by Sun Ra( Recording )

1 edition published in 1987 and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Babylon live by Sun Ra Arkestra( Recording )

3 editions published in 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Celebrates the centenary of the birth of inimitable African American composer/keyboardist, Sun Ra, who died in 1993
 
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Alternative Names
Arkestra (Groupe musical)

Arkestra (Musical group)

Intergalactic Omniverse Arkestra

Myth science arkestra

Ra Arkestra

Sun Ra & his Solar-myth arkestra

Sun Ra and his Arkestra

Sun Ra and his Astro-Infinity Arkestra

Sun Ra and his Astro Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra

Sun Ra and his Astro-Solar Infinity Arkestra

Sun Ra and his Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra

Sun Ra and his Intergalactic Research Arkestra

Sun Ra and his Intergalactic Solar Arkestra

Sun Ra and his Myth Science Arkestra

Sun Ra and his Solar Arkestra

Sun Ra and his Solar Myth Arkestra

Sun Ra intergalactic myth-science arkestra

Sun Ra solar arkestra

Sunra and the Year 2000 Myth science arkestra

Languages
English (38)

French (1)

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