Sun Ra Arkestra

There are ensembles that survive the genius of their alma mater. Sun Ra was a visionary, unique talent who managed to project jazz into outer space thanks to his exploration of science fiction, space travel, the cultural legacy of ancient Egypt, and the philosophical theories of the Kabbalah. His influence extended far beyond jazz: Afrika Bambaataa, Primal Scream, and Solange can attest to this. He led the Sun Ra Arkestra from 1950 until his death in 1993, but it has continued to be active, currently guided with a steady hand by the veteran saxophonist Marshall Allen (almost one hundred years old, a member since 1958) from their base in a row house in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia. A large collective that, like its founder and mentor, and thanks to its mind-blowing mix of jazz, swing, psychedelia, and improvisation, can convince you that it comes directly from Saturn.


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