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Boomkat Product Review:
Sun Ra & His Arkestra usher a romantic rendezvous on Jupiter in resurfaced early ‘80s recordings; some of their last studio works, channelling the smoky trad jazz sound of the ’50s and hinting at his sound’s early interstellar clinamen
Notable as one of the last extended sessions recordings made at Variety, site of myriad Ra classics, and for inclusion of the only known recordings of ‘Celestial Love’ and ‘Blue Intensity’, the glimmers of the group’s future directions are more reserved to the track titles and of course Sun Ra’s organ playing, at its rudest in the blues bustle of closer ‘Nameless One No.3’.
The vibe is really more guided by trad values and a return to where they came from after getting lost in transit from Jupiter, coming back to reinvent ‘Interstellar Low Ways’, a 1959 composition with Marshall Allen and John Gilmore, as ‘Interstellarism (Interstellar Low Ways)’, while also touching on swinging Duke Ellington in ’Sophisticated Lady’ and ‘Drop Me Off In Harlem’, and classy June Tyson vocals gild their takes on trad numbers ’Smile’ and’Sometimes I’m Happy’.