Sun Ra Arkestra

Swirling

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The planets align this October as the mighty Sun Ra Arkestra, under the direction of the maestro Marshall Allen, release their first studio album in over twenty years, ‘Swirling’.
Tracklist
2LP
A1 Satellites Are Spinning / Lights On A Satellite (8.00)
A2 Seductive Fantasy (11.49)
B1 Angels And Demons At Play (7.05)
B2 Swirling (7.42)
B3 Sea Of Darkness / Darkness (5.16)
C1 Astro Black (4.51)
C2 Infinity / I’Ll Wait For You (9.18)
C3 Queer Notions (5.39)
D1 Rocket No. 9 (5.00)
D2 Sunology (4.25)
D3 Door Of The Cosmos / Say (7.27)
The planets align this October as the mighty Sun Ra Arkestra, under the direction of the maestro Marshall Allen, release their first studio album in over twenty years, ‘Swirling’. Recorded at Rittenhouse Soundworks in Philadelphia, the new recording represents the continuation of a heartfelt rebirth of the Arkestra under Allen’s guidance since Sun Ra left the planet in 1993, gaining new generations of followers from their regular touring across the globe. With a big band line-up featuring long-standing Arkestra members including Danny Ray Thompson (RIP), Michael Ray, Vincent Chancey, Knoel Scott, Cecil Brooks, Atakatune (RIP), Elson Nascimento and Tyler Mitchell, the album is a full-blooded celebration of Sun Ra’s legacy. Tracks include brand new arrangements of Arkestra staples ‘Angels And Demons At Play’, ‘Satellites Are Spinning’, ‘Door Of The Cosmos’ and ‘Rocket No. 9’ alongside lesser known gems; the rousing blues ‘Darkness’ is recorded here for the first time, resurrected from the Ra archives by Marshall Allen. Other highlights include an epic version of ‘Seductive Fantasy’ (first recorded on Ra’s ‘On Jupiter’ LP in 1979), the freeform sonic blast of ‘Infinity / I’ll Wait For You’ and a first ever recording of the Marshall Allen swing composition, ‘Swirling’. “We truly hope that this recording brings much joy to a planet which is so deeply in need of a spirit sound and vibration,” states saxophonist Knoel Scott. “We hope it contributes to a change in the ominous direction of man’s journey through the cosmos.” “This new release is the Arkestra’s love offering to the world,” concludes Marshall Allen. “Beta music for a better world.”
SUN RA ARKESTRA Under The Direction of Marshall Allen SWIRLING
PERSONNEL:
Marshall Allen: Alto Saxophone, EVI
Knoel Scott: Alto Saxophone
James Stewart: Tenor Saxophone, Flute
Danny Ray Thompson: Baritone Saxophone, Flute
Michael Ray: Trumpet
Cecil Brooks: Trumpet
Vincent Chancey: French Horn
Dave Davis: Trombone
Farid Barron: Piano
Dave Hotep: Guitar
Tyler Mitchell: Bass
Wayne Anthony Smith, Jr.: Drums
Elson Nascimento: Surdo Drums, Percussion
Stanley “Atakatune” Morgan: Congas
Tara Middleton: Vocals, Violin
KEY POINTS:
• First Sun Ra Arkestra studio album since ‘A Song For The Sun’ in 1999
• Featuring full big band line-up including many long-standing Arkestra members
• Tracks include the first ever studio version of Ra composition ‘Darkness’ and Marshall Allen’s ‘Swirling’.
• European and US touring planned from Spring 2021
• Major worldwide release – priority album for Strut in Q4 of 2020
PACKAGING: 2LP IN SINGLE SLEEVE WITH 8PP 12” BOOKLET (STANDARD BLACK & GOLD COLOURED VINYL EDITIONS)
FOR FANS OF:
Sun Ra, Phil Cohran, Art Ensemble Of Chicago, Tribe, Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids, Marcus Belgrave, John Coltrane, Fletcher Henderson, Duke Ellington, John Gilmore, Eric Dolphy, Ornette Coleman, Albert Ayler

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Weight400 g
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Swirling

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STRUT153LPC

Release Format

Vinyl

Release Type

Album

Format Description

2LP

Release Date

October 30, 2020

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