SUN RA
Disco 3000

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We've been truly blessed recently to see this, the second Sun Ra release with his more paired down projects. Following "The Night of The Purple Sun", two CD set "Disco 3000" sees an entire concert from 1978. Recorded at The Teatro Cilak, the Arkestra is sized down to John Gilmore on tenor and drums, Luqman Ali on percussion, Michael Ray on trumpet and vocalist June Tyson. Sun Ra plays piano, organ, Moog, rhythm machine and all five members provide vocals. What's so amazing about this particular album you ask? Other than the fact it features an unedited concert performance during a key phase for Sun Ra, it also sees the man using all important rhythm machine. Listen to the way Sun Ra creates a series of multiplexed rhythms on the title track. As Gilmore's tenor cries rally hard against Ra's harsh moog riffs, you hear a distinct age-long bounce of progress. This was Ra at his experimental best. The manner in which he outlays rhythmic patterns in opposition to Luqman Ali's percussive alterations is stupendous. If anything, Ra was reaching out into the future. Some of these pieces you'll recognize from past albums. "Friendly Galaxy", "Spontaneous Galaxy" and "We Travel The Spaceways" are all Arkestra standards, while others are new to the uninitiated. Move further along and you'll find "Sun of The Cosmos", which is covered in a thick haze of Ra's organ fury. Imagine what Ra was doing on "My Brother The Wind, Vol. 2" in the 60's and multiply that by a thousand, while a band watches on, and you'll get the feel for many of the most moving passages on the record. When the band relaxes for a few minutes, we get a poignant version of "Over the Rainbow", which is saddled in with a piece called "Images". A newcomer to Sun Ra's world, trumpeter Michael Ray admits that playing with Sun Ra in Italy thirty years ago was "like having someone erase your main frame and reboot your hard drive!" That same sort of flagrant and impassioned music is heard throughout every minute of this 130 minute set. The deluxe packaging, comprehensive liner notes and re-mastered sound make "Disco 3000" one of the more flawless Sun Ra issues we've seen in a while.

Tom Sekowski


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