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Sun Ra / Secrets Of The Sun
Album:Secrets Of The Sun Collection:Jazz
Artist:Sun Ra Added:12/2008
Label:Atavistic/Truckstop Audio 

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Add Date:2009-01-18 Pull Date:2009-03-22 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:22 Mar15 Mar8 Mar1 Mar22 Feb15 Feb8 Feb1 Feb
Airplays:22113135

Recent Airplay
1.Tue, 20 Jan 15:DJ SedRocks
Plumbotectonics
4.Fri, 27 Mar 09:Kremit The Horn
Emphysema For Emphasis
2.Tue, 05 Aug 14:Shineymic
Eclectic Erudition week 06 summer '14 My Dad's Records
5.Fri, 20 Mar 09:Wedge
Memory Select
3.Fri, 03 Jan 14:Shineymic
Eclectic Erudition (fill in for Ramsey)
6.Fri, 20 Mar 09:Kremit The Horn
Emphysema For Emphasis

Album Review
Wedge
Reviewed 2009-01-11 
Music that sits between Sun Ra's more conventional, composed jazz and the way-out free stuff. Most tracks carry a familiar '60s or late '50s vibe, feeling tuneful and danceable while serving as a vehicle for some freer soloing or strange sounds (as on 2). Tracks 1 and 2 have a black-and-white sci-fi aura to them. It's a 1964 reissue from Sun Ra's "Saturn" label, plus a bonus 17-minute track. Lo-fi. No FCCs.

Note the presence of a young Eddie Gale (San Jose's ambassador of jazz) on track 3. Tracks are otherwise populated by Arkestra regulars: Marshall Allen, John Gilmore, etc.

1- (4:53) Suitably sci-fi theme with a driving beat. Flute and piano solos get a bit out there.
2- (6:28) Midtempo, mellow, with weird, warbling "space bird sounds" and "space voice" and a spacey drum solo.
3- (5:26) Stern march w/free-flying tenor sax. Eddie Gale on trumpet! Settles into a jazzy groove.
4- (4:44) Laid-back, almost loungy vibe... then eerie, softly wailing woodwind solos
5- (9:07) Cool bass/drums, joined by jiggly nervous piano. Angular sax/flute theme. Becomes a cool rolling jam.
6- (2:42) Vague, ratty percussion
7- (17:35) Fairly straight jazz groove, bright, starts abruptly. Oddball piano solo, of course, followed by lots of other solos, including guitar. Lots of drums towards the end.

Track Listing
1.Friendly Galaxy 4.Love In Outer Space
2.Solar Differentials 5.Reflects Motion
3.Space Aura 6.Solar Symbols
 7.Flight To Mars