Boomkat Product Review:
Art Yard illuminate a rare and brilliant side lead by Pat Patrick - Sun Ra's baritone saxophonist of 30 years. Recorded and released in 1977 on Ra's Saturn Records, and unissued since original release, 'Sound Advice' acts as both a dizzying showcase of the baritone saxophone's richly hued range, and also as Patrick's defining opus from an illustrious catalogue.
As a full-time member of the Sun Ra Arkestra, Pat Patrick contributed baritone sax as well as flute and cello on some of the greatest, spirited recordings of the 20th century, playing alongside Duke Ellington, Eric Dolphy, Thelonious Monk, and John Coltrane, and most famously appearing on the latter's 'Africa/Brass' (1961), beside key Sun Ra recordings such as 'Angels and Demons at Play' (1967) and 'The Nubians of Plutonia' (1967).
Now i'm really a novice when it comes to jazz, but would like to think I know the good stuff when I hear it, and i'm utterly spellbound by this record. The recording itself (and by turns the restoration) is remarkable in its clarity and dynamic swirl, but of course it's the players that create the magic, with Patrick joined by his retinue, including Charles Davis and René McLean, urged by the dextrous rhythm section to visionary expressions of "Arkestrally minded Ellingtonia" - achieving a massed fluidity and spaciousness that leaves us swimming in psychoactive colour and streaming ribbons of rhythmelody. Highly recommended!