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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a classy album for those not used to sun ra, 14 Oct 2004
This review is from: Jazz in Silhouette (Audio CD)
a surprisingly accessible & well-produced set, from a disciplined & swinging outfit. very effective deployment of baritone sax, thoughtful & enjoyable arrangements & good melodies should appeal to listeners well outside the reach of sun ra's usual "far out" reputation.
a richly textured and rewarding treat. try it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sun Ra's jazz masterpiece from 1958., 7 April 2012
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Jazzrook (Purbrook , Hampshire) - See all my reviews
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This 1958 album features some of Sun Ra's finest El Saturn recordings from his early Chicago period.
The full personnel of the tentet is Sun Ra(piano); John Gilmore(tenor sax); Marshall Allen, James Spaulding(alto sax, flute); Hobart Dotson(trumpet); Julian Priester(trombone); Pat Patrick(baritone sax, flute); Charles Davis(baritone sax); Ronnie Boykins(bass) & William Cochran(drums).
Apart from the atmospheric 'Ancient Aiethopia' the music is mainly swing/bop oriented and relatively conventional for Sun Ra. Highlights of the eight tracks are 'Enlightenment', 'Saturn' & 'Blues At Midnight' with superb solos especially from tenorist John Gilmore and the vastly underrated trumpeter Hobart Dotson.
Anyone who dismisses Sun Ra as a free jazz eccentric should be pleasantly surprised by this marvellous modern jazz album.
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