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Saturday, May 28 2016 | 06:03
Image: 1604346 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 f irst 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 f irst 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 f ilmmaker 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 f irst release anywhere of ’In Some Far
Place: Roma ’77’. Recorded direct from the sound board and mastered from f irst
generation reel to reel tapes, this is one of the very few trio albums by Sun Ra
ever to be released. The release features rare photos from recently deceased
photographer H.L. Lindenmaier with sleeve notes by the Sun Ra Arkestra’s
Knoel Scott.

Tracklisting:
I N T R O D U C T I O N
U N T I T L E D 1
S P O N TA N E O U S S I M P L I C I T Y
S PAC E I S T H E P L AC E
C A L L I N G P L A N E T E A RT H
O U T E R S PAC E WAYS I N C O R P O R AT E D
P E N T H O U S E S E R E N A D E
U N T I T L E D 2
T RY I N G TO P U T T H E B L A M E O N M E
S O M E T I M E S I F E E L L I K E A M OT H E R L E S S C H I L D
H OW A M I TO K N OW?
I C OV E R T H E WAT E R F R O N T
LOV E I N O U T E R S PAC E
E L I S A S O U N D O F J OY
ST LO U I S B L U E S
L A DY B I R D / H A L F N E L S O N
W I L LOW W E E P F O R M E
TA K E T H E ‘A’ T R A I N

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

KEY POINTS:
- f irst 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)
- off icial reissue mastered from f irst 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 Available from 10.06.2016
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