Today, Sun Ra records ‘Jazz in Silhouette’ with his Arkesrtra (1959)

Sun Ra‘s ‘Jazz in Silhouette’ is an album recorded on March 6, 1959 with his Arkestra and released in May 1959 by Saturn.

Track Listing : 1.Enlightenment (Hobart Dotson, Sun Ra) – 05:02 . 2.Saturn (Sun Ra) – 03:37 . 3.Velvet (Sun Ra) – 03:18 . 4.Ancient Aiethopia (Sun Ra) – 09:04 . 5.Hours After (Sun Ra, Everett Turner) – 03:41 . 6.Horoscope (Sun Ra) – 03:43 . 7.Images (Sun Ra) – 03:48 . 8.Blues At Midnight (Sun Ra) – 11:56

Musicians : Sun Ra – Piano, Celeste, Gong . Hobart Dotson – Trumpet . Marshall Allen – Alto Sax, Flute . James Spaulding – Alto Sax, Flute, Percussion . John Gilmore – Tenor Sax, Percussion . Bo Bailey – Trombone . Pat Patrick – Baritone Sax, Flute, Percussion . Charles Davis – Baritone Sax, Percussion . Ronnie Boykins – Bass . William Cochran – Drums

Production : Produced By Alton Abraham

Package : Francis Davis – Liner Notes . Spencer Drate – Art Direction . Judith Salavetz – Art Direction

Recorded On March 6, 1959 At El Saturn Studio, Chicago.

Released In May 1959 By Saturn.

(Source Sun Ra‘s ‘Jazz in Silhouette’ | Official Website)

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Wilson & Alroy’s Record Reviews
This isn’t typical Raand I suppose I should drop the rating for that, but the truth is I enjoy this more than nearly all his later space music. Both sides are in the same format: three brief, fairly conventional bebop tunesand one long number. […]

All About Jazz
Recorded in 1958, Jazz in Silhouette stands as an overlooked masterpiece, a work that shows Ra not as a mere curiosity or backwater galaxy, but as a major creative force in the jazz universe, a center of gravity around which many of jazz’s major developments have orbited. […]

Pitchfork
A stand-out track from one of Sun Ra’s best and most epochal albums, 1959’s Jazz in Silhouette, the nine-minute opus opens up the Arkestra’s vistas with languorous tangles of horns, deep-space pulsesand a particularly inspired, semi-abstract solo from Mr. Blount;;;; […]

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