Reissue on 180 gram black vinyl. This recording initiated a much larger audience to the multifarious and otherwise logical post-bop rhythms of one of jazz’s most notorious and equally respected figures. The sides which comprise Sun Song were recorded on July 12, 1956 by Tom Wilson, who would go on to produce such rock luminaries as Frank Zappa, Simon and Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, and the Velvet Underground, among others.
Wilson’s use of Chicago’s premier Universal Recording Studio accounts for the amazing crispness and attention to nuance omnipresent throughout the disc. Ra’s highly arithmetical approach to bop was initially discounted by noted jazz critic Nat Hentoff as “repetitious” with phrases which were “built merely on riffs with little development.” In retrospect, however, it is obvious there is much more going on here.
Among the musical innovations woven into compositions, such as the up-tempo “Brainville” and “Transition,” are advanced time signatures coupled with harmonic scales based on Ra’s mathematical equations. The intricate harmonies and complicated arrangements on “Possession” and “Sun Song” are inspiring in their deceptive simplicity.
This may well be the most accessible work in Sun Ra’s massive catalogue. It is likewise one of the most beautiful.
2. Call For All Demons
5. Street Named Hell
6. Lullaby For Realville
8. New Horizons
9. Fall Off The Log
10. Sun Song
Bonus Track: Swing A Taste