Part four of PoppyDisc's ongoing series of the genius of Sun Ra on vinyl.This was the fifth album by the Arkestra to be released, and was the first to be taken from recordings made at the Choreographer's Workshop, New York. Other albums recorded there include Art Forms of Dimensions Tomorrow, Bad and Beautiful, Cosmic Tones for Mental Therapy and Other Planes of There.
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We've got some tasty reissues of some early Sun Ra classics in on Poppy Disc. Here's 'When Sun Comes Out', which is more than 50 years old now, from Ra's New York period, with the Astro-Infinity Arkestra being the name of his band this time round. This album saw an increase in volume for the Arkestra as Ra shifted towards a more percussive sound, sometimes seemingly embracing the outer reaches of free jazz on tracks like the skronky 'Calling Planet Earth' (although of course Sun insisted it was nothing of the sort).
This one's a good starting point in Sun Ra's intimidating back catalogue because it's got a nice mixture of his smoother and more out-there tendencies delivered with a cheekily playful drive that ultimately means it's loads of fun. The clattering, tinkling, honking density and spiralling rhythms in 'Calling Planet Earth' are a case in point, but largely we find ourselves in a strangely weightless middle ground between clattering, propulsive rhythmic chunter and lively, playful piano and sax interactions. Marvellous. I just listened to it twice.
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