Sun Ra - Live In Paris At The "Gibus"

Year of Release: 2003
Label: Universe
Catalog Number: UV79
Format: LP
Total Time: 40:28:00

The best way to describe this music is to say it is out there on the fringes of all that has ever made any sense in recorded music, particularly jazz. There really is no other way to attempt to come up with something that makes sense. Sun Ra was a pioneer in every sense of the word. He was one of the very first to take free form jazz and make it more spacey and adventurous by experimenting with electronics and such.

Live In Paris At The ?Gibus? stands as a live recorded document to the Sun Ra musical genius and his avant-garde approach to jazz. He effectively used the ability and styles of the genre and all its flexibility. The Universe label (Comet Records) has reissued this music for all of you that are from another planet or cosmic plane, just as Sun Ra was (and probably is right now).

I am interested in hearing this music, although at times I find it difficult to listen to; it is an education to absorb it all. The aspect that got me were the compositions with sections of screeching horns, it agitates me in no time, other than that I could find value and substance in what Sun Ra was doing. It all makes me think how his art form applies today and how all the musicians over the years have taken a piece of him in some way by melding his influence into their music. He definitely was not the critics' darling while he was alive but he kept making his music and started his own label to release it all. People have begun to realize that what he was doing was far ahead of his time and it did make sense.

Side One: Spontaneous Simplicity (4:04) / Lights On A Satellite (5:31) / Ombre Monde (12:17)

Side Two: King Porter Stomp?(2:53) / Salutations From The Universe?(14:55) / Calling Planet Earth?(1:28)

John Gilmore - drums, tenor sax
Marshall Allen - flute, oboe, piccolo, alto sax
Ronnie Boykins - bass
Kwame Hadi - trumpet, flugelhorn
Thomas "Bugs" Hunter - drums
Eloe Omoe - flute, bass clarinet
Sun Ra - organ, keyboards, voices, Moog synthesizer, vibraphone
Alzo Wright - cello, drums, viola
Akh Tal Ebah - trumpet, flugelhorn, muted trumpet
Odun - percussion, conga
Makthar Samba - percussion
James "Ham" Jackson - flute, percussion, bassoon

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Genre: Jazz/Trad. Jazz

Origin US

Added: August 24th 2003
Reviewer: Keith "Muzikman" Hannaleck
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Language: english


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