Jazz by Sun Ra

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Jazz By Sun Ra
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Original Transition pressing, 1957
Studio album by
Sun Ra and his Arkestra
Released1957
Recorded Universal Recording Studio
July 12, 1956
Genre Jazz
Label Transition
Delmark
Producer Tom Wilson
Sun Ra and his Arkestra chronology
Jazz By Sun Ra
(1957)
Super-Sonic Jazz
(1956)
reissue cover
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Delmark reissue 1967, retitled Sun Song
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Jazz By Sun Ra (later titled Sun Song) is the debut album by Sun Ra. [4] The record label for the first pressing says "07-12-56", presumably when it was recorded. [5] The LP originally appeared on Tom Wilson's short-lived Transition Records. In the mid-1960s it was purchased (along with much of the Transition catalog) by Delmark Records owner Bob Koester, finally being reissued in 1967.

Contents

When originally released, it came with an extensive booklet featuring words and photos of Sun Ra and his Arkestra. The LP featured original compositions by Sun Ra along with one by Arkestral bassist Richard Evans. Another composition by Arkestra member Julian Priester has been included in reissues from the session, and additional unreleased tracks (all Ra originals) are known to survive. The single non-Arkestral composition was Possession, by Harry Revel, which had been written for Les Baxter's album Perfume Set to Music; Possession was arranged for the Arkestra by the Texan pianist and composer Prince Shell.

Earlier home recordings by Ra, including one dating from 1948 or 1949, were released with tracks from 1973 on the album Deep Purple .

Track listing

12" vinyl version

Side A

  1. "Brainville" (Sun Ra) 4:29
  2. "Call for all Demons" (Sun Ra) 4:30
  3. "Transition" (Sun Ra) 3:40
  4. "Possession" (Harry Revel) 5:00
  5. "Street Named Hell" (Sun Ra) 3:55

Side B

  1. "Lullaby for Realville" (Richard Evans) 4:40
  2. "Future" (Sun Ra) 3:15
  3. "New Horizons" (Sun Ra) 3:05
  4. "Fall off the Log" (Sun Ra) 4:00
  5. "Sun Song" (Sun Ra) 3:40

When reissued on Compact Disc in 1991, Swing A Little Taste was added. This was originally released on the Transition sampler Jazz in Transition alongside tracks by artists such as Cecil Taylor, Donald Byrd and John Coltrane;

CD version

  1. "Brainville" (Sun Ra) 4:29
  2. "Call for all Demons" (Sun Ra) 4:30
  3. "Transition" (Sun Ra) 3:40
  4. "Possession" (Harry Revel) 5:00
  5. "Street Named Hell" (Sun Ra) 3:55
  6. "Lullaby for Realville" (Richard Evans) 4:40
  7. "Future" (Sun Ra) 3:15
  8. "Swing a Little Taste" (Sun Ra) 4:25
  9. "New Horizons" (Sun Ra) 3:05
  10. "Fall off the Log" (Sun Ra) 4:00
  11. "Sun Song" (Sun Ra) 3:40

Musicians [6]

Recorded Universal Recording, Chicago, July 12, 1956

Pressings

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YearFormatRegionLabelTitle
1957LPUS Transition Jazz By Sun Ra
SE Sonet
1967US Delmark Sun Song
1968UK
1971FR Goody
1972JP Trio Jazz By Sun Ra
1990CDUS Delmark Sun Song
1993Cass
2001LP
2003CDJP P-Vine
2009LPNL6 Spices, Music & Words
2012CDJP P-Vine
2014US Delmark
2015LPUKPoppydisc & Rev-Ola Jazz By Sun Ra
2016
2019Not Now Music

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References

  1. Allmusic review
  2. Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 186. ISBN   0-394-72643-X.
  3. Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 1356. ISBN   978-0-141-03401-0.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. Sun Ra Discography Items 1-25
  5. Sun Ra - Jazz By Sun Ra
  6. Reissue sleeve notes, Delmark
  7. "Sun Ra - Jazz By Sun Ra Vol. 1". Discogs. Retrieved 2020-07-11.