Started by jimmy jazz, Feb 19, 2023, 04:16 AM
QuoteSun Ra was never reticent about honoring his musical heroes. These icons included Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Mary Lou Williams, George Gershwin, Fats Waller, songwriters such as Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer, and Irving Berlin, even Walt Disney, whose film music Ra performed jubilantly and often. But no one meant as much to Ra as Fletcher Henderson (1897–1952). With the exception of Ellington, no bandleader's repertoire was honored more in Ra's set lists than the man who invented the jazz big band.However, Ra's respect for Henderson was not from an historical distance. He worked with Henderson in Chicago in the late 1940s, during the twilight of the great conductor's career. Sonny served as the band's pianist and arranger.Henderson never achieved the public acclaim (and financial rewards) bestowed on such legends as Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and Gershwin; one posthumous anthology of his recordings was titled "A Study in Frustration." Henderson and his arrangers, especially Don Redman and Fletcher's brother Horace, created the jazz big band format in the 1920s, but had limited commercial success. Other bandleaders, such as Ellington, Benny Goodman, and Artie Shaw achieved much greater success with the Henderson formula in the so-called Swing Era of the 1930s.The recordings in this set span fifteen years, from 1976 to 1991. Most have not been previously issued commercially. Some have been circulating among Ra collectors for decades; in such cases, we have upgraded the audio from original tapes where available. Some tracks are stereo, some mono. Some are beautifully recorded, others less pristine but no less powerful. Some tracks were diligently mixed at the console; others captured ad hoc by staff, fans, or by Ra himself. No surprises here.
QuoteA celestial journey is just what Sun Ra and his Arkestra have created with Space is the Place. Sun Ra's opus is at its simplest, a trip through outer bound melodies! Planetary bodies, eras in time, crystals, space caravans... Allow yourself to envision or feel a world away!Featuring an album's worth of previously unissued recordings from the same soundtrack sessions! These newly discovered tracks are heavy on the prose of Sun Ra, as he and June Tyson bestow countless bits of information and inspiration onto the listener.
QuoteThe Ironsides have arrived. Changing Light is the first full-length effort from this masterful collective of Bay Area musicians. It melds classic psych-soul sounds with sweeping orchestral arrangements – reminiscent of a cinematic soundtrack from a 60s European film.Inspired by the soundtracks and library music of European composers during the 60's and 70's, the Ironsides set out to create a collection of lush songs that evoke a diverse range of feelings, emotions, and memories.
Quote from: jimmy jazz on May 25, 2023, 08:59 PMAnyone heard the latest Nas album? KD3?@Toy Revolver @Janszoon @SGR @JwbLooks like it's a masterpiece. Going though it now and the rapping is top notch (though it's Nas so that's a given) and the production is incredible imo.Fair play to him putting something like this out 30 years in. Seems like his last three albums he's been in the best form of his career.