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Sun Ra Arkestra

Overview
Works: 259 works in 386 publications in 3 languages and 3,593 library holdings
Genres: Jazz  Documentary films  Music  Historical reenactments (Motion pictures)  History  Short films  Drama  Biography  Nonfiction films  Interviews 
Roles: Performer, Instrumentalist, Musician
Classifications: M1366, 781.65
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Sun Ra Arkestra
Jazz the Smithsonian anthology( Recording )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 349 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

5 editions published between 1975 and 2011 and held by 232 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The cry of jazz by Edward Bland( Visual )

3 editions published between 2000 and 2012 in English and held by 192 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Filmed in Chicago and finished in 1959, The Cry of jazz is fimmaker, composer and arranger Edward O. Bland's polemical essay on the politics of music and race - a forecast of what he called "the death of jazz". A landmark moment in black film, forecasting the civil unrest of subsequent decades, it also features the only known footage of visionary pianist Sun Ra from his beloved Chicago period. Features images of tenor saxophonist John Gilmore and the rest of Sun Ra's Arkestra in Windy City nightclubs. Rarely seen in cinemas, this is the first commercial release of The Cry of Jazz, transferred from a pristine print and featuring an otherwise unreleased Arkestra soundtrack
Erwachen( )

1 edition published in 1996 and held by 179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sun Ra a joyful noise by Sun Ra( Visual )

6 editions published between 1980 and 1998 in English and held by 113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Monsieur Ra réfléchit sur son art et interprète, avec son Arkestra, des oeuvres d'avant-garde dont il est l'auteur
Sun song by Sun Ra( Recording )

5 editions published between 1967 and 1990 in No Linguistic content and Undetermined and held by 99 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 97 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Super-sonic jazz by Sun Ra( Recording )

2 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 92 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

2 editions published in 2000 and held by 83 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
Intergalactic research by Sun Ra( Recording )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dance of the living image by Sun Ra( Recording )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

3 editions published in 2008 and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the orbit of Ra by Sun Ra( Recording )

2 editions published in 2014 in Undetermined and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Second star to the right (Salute to Walt Disney) by Sun Ra( Recording )

1 edition published in 1995 and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Music from tomorrow's world( )

1 edition published in 2005 and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reflections in blue by Sun Ra( Recording )

13 editions published between 1987 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Strange celestial road by Sun Ra( Recording )

1 edition published in 1987 and held by 54 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sun Ra and his myth-science Arkestra mystery, Mister Ra by Sun Ra( Visual )

4 editions published between 1990 and 1998 in French and English and held by 52 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documents performances and rehearsals in Paris including interviews with Sun Ra and Archie Shepp
The Sun Ra Arkestra meets Salah Ragab in Egypt by Sun Ra Arkestra( )

2 editions published between 1999 and 2004 and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sunrise in different dimensions by Sun Ra Arkestra( Recording )

17 editions published between 1980 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
Alternative Names
Arkestra (Groupe musical)

Arkestra (Musical group)

Myth science arkestra

Ra Arkestra

Sun Ra & his Solar-myth 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 (33)

French (3)

German (1)

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