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Other Planes of There [CD]

Sun Ra Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Nov 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Evidence
  • ASIN: B0000014JP
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,247 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Other Planes Of There
2. Sound Spectra/Spec Sket
3. Sketch
4. Pleasure
5. Spiral Galaxy

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Other Planes 26 May 2009
By Martyn VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
This is a typically mesmerising piece of work by Mr Ra and his Arkestra.

Like all his free-er form material it may not be the best place to start if you don't know him, but if you do and you like the mid-to-late period sound, this one needs to be added to your collection.

I really don't know what else to say except that the more i hear Sun Ra the more i'm amazed - and regretful - that it took me so long to discover his music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Idiosyncratic Masterpiece By An Idiosyncratic Artist 21 Sep 2000
By Michael B. Richman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Sun Ra's "Other Planes Of There" is without question one of the classic Arkestra albums, although it is somewhat idiosyncratic. Recorded in 1964, this disc sounds like a cross between the earlier big band stylings of "Jazz In Silhouette" and the later stellar journeys of "Heliocentric Worlds." The title track, "Other Planes Of There," is another classic avant-garde exploration in the tradition of "The Magic City" or "Atlantis," although it pre-dates both of those recordings. While it has opening and closing passages that explode with fury and power, the most enjoyable and interesting portions of this 22-minute flight are Ra's subtle, reflective piano improvisations in the passages featuring only the rhythm trio. There are also superb solos by Ra regulars John Gilmore on tenor sax and Marshall Allen on oboe. The title track is clearly the focal point of this album, but it is the other tracks that make this such a unique Arkestra recording. "Sound Spectra" is a multi-rhythmic composition featuring just five band members -- Ra, bassist Ronnie Boykins, trumpeter Walter Miller, and drummers Lex Humphries and Roger Blank -- which is exploratory yet remarkably stripped down. In stark contrast, the next two tracks, "Sketch" and "Pleasure," are straight-ahead quartet numbers with a standard rhythm trio -- the former featuring Gilmore, and the latter, a ballad, with Pat Patrick on baritone sax. It is strange, but also a real treat to hear Sun Ra play piano in this traditional hard bop setting. The CD concludes with "Spiral Galaxy," an eerie avant-waltz that returns to Ra's familiar (uncharted) territory. While "Other Planes Of There" is pretty accessible compared to other Sun Ra efforts, this music is not for everyone. However, if you are prepared to explore the rings of Saturn, this is a great place to start.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ra's Outest of the Out There...? 21 Nov 2001
By John Bullabaugh - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Eerie, ethereal compositions, almost forging an avant-garde classical sound, especially on the sprawling title track. Those new to Sun Ra might want to begin elsewhere, as this is extreme Ra, even for fans. I love it! Take the plunge, you might thrive on the bizarre beauty of this as much as I do.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sun Ra - already on another place of there 1 Aug 2013
By Stephanie Sullivan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
My introduction to Sun Ra was his live performance at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival around 1992. My pal Ken and I were hearing people saying "Sun Ra is here!" and we were intrigued and headed over to the stage where he was about to perform. There was a big crowd, so the whisper campaign apparently worked. Pretty soon he and the band came out one at a time, some of them tumbling in their entrance while playing. The music was unlike anything I came across - atonal mixes with wild riffs and somehow this wasn't the chaos it appeared to be at first glance. It was hanging together in a great kind of way.

With that introduction I became a fan. By the start of the third piece many of the folks who came out of curiosity, but didn't get Sun Ra and the Arkestra had wondered off. Better for me and the good sized crowd that remained who were clearly devoted fans.

I bought other planes of there from a local New Orleans CD store that evening. Sun Ra's performance was still on my mind. Listening to Other Planes of there I could feel the more of an edge to that performance than the older Sun Ra that day at Jazz Fest. It felt more exploring new territory than a guide through territory familiar to the Arkestra.

The first track, Other Planes of there isn't music I just sit and listen to for the whole 22 minutes. For me it's music that calls my attention while providing an emotional soundscape.

The second track, Sound Spectra/Spec Sket is more of a piece I can sit and listen to start to finish. Maybe it's the drumming and the haunting horn in the first 3 minutes that locks me in for the rest as the piece builds layer on layer.

The third track, Sketch much more conventional in structure. Piano and horn on drums and much more melodic.

The fourth track, Pleasure take a mellow sax lead with conventional style that pulls my feelings along with the melody.

The fifth and last track, Spiral Galaxy has a spinning rhythm that dominates the first 2 minutes of the 10 minute track, then fades some from its dizzying intensity. It seems like a journey that finally end in a kind of musical chaos.

Sun Ra isn't for everyone, but for his fans or those interested in an artist who pushes the bounds of music he can be great. So if you want to go somewhere take a trip to the classic Sun Ra on the other planes of there. I didn't know what I was in for at Jazz Fest all those years ago but in that one performance Sun Ra found a fan here. Give him a try and see if you can stop thinking about his music.

Definitely 5 stars in my opinion.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Get Enough Of It 8 Jun 2013
By Kenneth M. Goodman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Of all the many Sun Ra CDs...this one, to my mind, is the most mysteriously captivating. A big plus is: there are no vocals. Every time I hear it, it unveils new secrets. It really penetrates, in a trustworthy way, your deepest/nearest witness which connects to boundless space. A true work of art, not so raucous as his later 1960's stuff, there's something strangely & organically fascinating inundating this vibrant palette of artistic genius. If you pair it up with another Sun Ra CD: "The Night of the Purple Moon," you've really got something extraordinary.
7 of 61 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rather Abstract; I Find it Childish 27 Oct 2000
By Scott McFarland - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
When Ra or other bandleaders pursue this kind of a chamber-music crossed with free-jazz approach, where a bunch of players sit around and pompously play abstract runs on their instruments with no common rythms or themes connecting the players, I have to smile at how childish the approach is, and wonder if they're serious.
The music on here, especially the first two tracks, is abstract, formless, and flows through a series of sections with no point and no hook. I do like the last track, "Spiral Galaxy", which is a lurching atonal waltz. The sounds there are oriented around a central rhythm (and a fairly strong one at that) and therefore bear some relationship to what I think of as real music.
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