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Image: 1602381 Following 2014’s Marshall Allen compilation, ’In the Orbit Of Ra’ and 2015’s Gilles Peterson-curated ’To Those Of Earth... And Other Worlds’, Strut and Art Yard join forces once more for the first release anywhere of ’In Some Far Place: Roma ’77’ to celebrate this year's Record Store Day.

A1. Introduction 4.07
A2. Untitled 1 3.23
A3. Spontaneous Simplicity 6.40
A4. Space Is The Place 6.50
B1. Outer Spaceways Incorporated 6.45
B2. Untitled 2 4.23
B3. Trying To Put The Blame On Me 3.43
B4. Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child 5.07
C1. How Am I To Know? 4.56
C2. I Cover The Waterfront 4.55
C3. Love In Outer Space 7.38
C4. Calling Planet Earth 5.41
D1. St Louis Blues 7.53
D2. Lady Bird / Half Nelson 4.41
D3. Willow Weep For Me 7.14
D4. Take The ‘A’ Train 3.56

Recorded Live In Rome, 1977
Sun Ra: piano, organ, synthesizer, vocals
Luqman Ali: drums
Thomas Thaddeus: vocals

1977 was a transitional time for jazz enigma and self-proclaimed member of
an “angel race“, Sun Ra. During the Summer of 1976, he had stormed Montreux and toured West Africa with one of the greatest of his full-sized Arkestras before embarking on occasional solo concerts for the first time, emphasising his prowess at the piano. Although he had always played the blues within Arkestra sets, he now summoned up the rolling tradition of blues piano, recalling Otis Spann, Avery Parrish, stride and ricky-tick styles.
He made two solo albums for Paul Bley’s Improvising Artists label (’Solo Piano’ and ’St. Louis Blues’) before travelling to Rome. For the concert, featured here, Ra brought in drummer Luqman Ali, who had been part of the Arkestra during the band’s early Chicago years, and vocalist Thomas Thaddeus aka Eddie Thomas. Thomas was a percussionist, dancer and “incense dude“ with the Arkestra throughout the late ‚70s period. He would appear again on Ra’s ’Lanquidity’ album for Philly Jazz in ’79.
During this intimate concert, Ra takes us through piano and synthesizer renditions of Arkestra staples like ’Love In Outer Space’, ’Space Is The Place’ and ’Calling Planet Earth’ but also explores a selection of jazz standards. Among them, we hear the first ever released Ra version of the 1930s staple
’I Cover The Waterfront’ alongside a dissonant version of ’Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child’ and ’St. Louis Blues’. Ra’s ties to Italy would continue the following year as he recorded three acclaimed albums for Horo Records,
run by filmmaker turned label owner, Aldo Sinesio.
Following 2014’s Marshall Allen compilation, ’In the Orbit Of Ra’ and 2015’s Gilles Peterson-curated ’To Those Of Earth... And Other Worlds’, Strut and Art Yard join forces once more for the first release anywhere of ’In Some Far Place: Roma ’77’. Recorded direct from the sound board and mastered from first generation reel to reel tapes, this is one of the very few trio albums by Sun Ra ever to be released and is exclusively available for Record Store Day 2015. The release features rare photos from recently deceased photographer H.L. Lindenmaier with sleeve notes by the Sun Ra Arkestra’s Knoel Scott.

KEY POINTS:
- first issue of anywhere of this 1977 recording from Rome
- continuation of Strut and Art Yard’s Sun Ra release programme following successful compilations by Marshall Allen (2014) and Gilles Peterson (2015)
- official reissue mastered from first generation reel to reel tapes
- LP features photos by H.L. Lindenmaier, sleeve notes by the Arkestra’s Knoel Scott and new cover design featuring work by Lewis Heriz

FOR FANS OF:
Jazz, modal jazz, Salah Ragab, Heliocentrics, Gilles Peterson, spiritual jazz, Chicago blues, Lloyd Miller, Philip Cohran, Kindred Spirits, free jazz, Oneness Of Juju, Sun Ra Arkestra, Jerry Dammers Spatial AKA Orchestra, Jazzman, Soul Jazz

WEB LINKS
www.strut-records.com
www.facebook.com/ArtYardRecords
www.sunraarkestra.com Available from 16.04.2016
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