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In Some Far Place: Roma 1977
Sun Ra
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May 16, 2016

1977 was a transitional time for jazz enigma and self-proclaimed member of an “angel race“, Sun Ra. During the Summer of 1976, he had stormed Montreux and toured West Africa with one of the greatest of his full-sized Arkestras before embarking on occasional solo concerts for the first time, emphasising his prowess at the piano. Although he had always played the blues within Arkestra sets, he now summoned up the rolling tradition of blues piano, recalling Otis Spann, Avery Parrish, stride and ricky-tick styles.

He made two solo albums for Paul Bley’s Improvising Artists label (’Solo Piano’ and ’St. Louis Blues’) before travelling to Rome. For the concert, featured here, Ra brought in drummer Luqman Ali, who had been part of the Arkestra during the band’s early Chicago years, and vocalist Thomas Thaddeus aka Eddie Thomas. Thomas was a percussionist, dancer and “incense dude“ with the Arkestra throughout the late ‚70s period. He would appear again on Ra’s ’Lanquidity’ album for Philly Jazz in ’79.

During this intimate concert, Ra takes us through piano and synthesizer renditions of Arkestra staples like ’Love In Outer Space’, ’Space Is The Place’ and ’Calling Planet Earth’ but also explores a selection of jazz standards. Among them, we hear the first ever released Ra version of the 1930s staple ’I Cover The Waterfront’ alongside a dissonant version of ’Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child’ and ’St. Louis Blues’. Ra’s ties to Italy would continue the following year as he recorded three acclaimed albums for Horo Records, run by filmmaker turned label owner, Aldo Sinesio.

Following 2014’s Marshall Allen compilation, ’In the Orbit Of Ra’ and 2015’s Gilles Peterson-curated ’To Those Of Earth... And Other Worlds’, Strut and Art Yard join forces once more for the first release anywhere of ’In Some Far Place: Roma ’77’. Recorded direct from the sound board and mastered from first generation reel to reel tapes, this is one of the very few trio albums by Sun Ra ever to be released and is exclusively available for Record Store Day 2015. The release features rare photos from recently deceased photographer H.L. Lindenmaier with sleeve notes by the Sun Ra Arkestra’s Knoel Scott.

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 Introduction (live in Rome) 4:05 Buy

    Introduction (live in Rome)

  2. 2 Untitled 1 (live in Rome) 3:28 Buy

    Untitled 1 (live in Rome)

  3. 3 Spontaneous Simplicity (live in Rome) 6:44 Buy

    Spontaneous Simplicity (live in Rome)

  4. 4 Space Is The Place (live in Rome) 6:53 Buy

    Space Is The Place (live in Rome)

  5. 5 Calling Planet Earth (live in Rome) 5:41 Buy

    Calling Planet Earth (live in Rome)

  6. 6 Outer Spaceways Incorporated (live in Rome) 6:45 Buy

    Outer Spaceways Incorporated (live in Rome)

  7. 7 Penthouse Serenade (live in Rome) 6:10 Buy

    Penthouse Serenade (live in Rome)

  8. 8 Untitled 2 (live in Rome) 4:26 Buy

    Untitled 2 (live in Rome)

  9. 9 Trying To Put The Blame On Me (live in Rome) 3:42 Buy

    Trying To Put The Blame On Me (live in Rome)

  10. 10 Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child (live in Rome) 5:06 Buy

    Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child (live in Rome)

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Track List: LP

A1 Introduction
A2 Untitled 1
A3 Spontaneous Simplicity
A4 Space Is The Place

B1 Outer Spaceways Incorporated
B2 Untitled 2
B3 Trying To Put The Blame On Me
B4 Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child

C1 How Am I To Know?
C2 I Cover The Waterfront
C3 Love In Outer Space
C4 Calling Planet Earth

D1 St Louis Blues
D2a Ladybird
D2b Half Nelson

Track List: CD

  1. Introduction 4:05
  2. Untitled 1 3:24
  3. Spontaneous Simplicity 6:40
  4. Space Is The Place 6:51
  5. Calling Planet Earth 5:41
  6. Outer Spaceways Incorporated 6:46
  7. Penthouse Serenade 6:10
  8. Untitled 2 4:23
  9. Trying To Put The Blame On Me 3:44
  10. Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child 5:07
  11. How Am I To Know? 4:54
  12. I Cover The Waterfront 4:55
  13. Love In Outer Space 7:39
  14. El Is A Sound Of Joy 22:33
  15. St Louis Blues 7:54
  16. Ladybird / Half Nelson 4:41
  17. Willow Weep For Me 7:14
  18. Take The 'A' Train 3:57

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