Sun Ra

Super Sonic Jazz/Fate in a Pleasant Mood

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Along with his Arkestra, astral traveler and free jazz cornerstone artist Sun Ra amassed an unthinkably dense discography that chronicled their explorations in sound that grew away from the big-band sound of their beginnings into increasingly more experimental and spectral fare as the years went on. This collection pairs the 1956 recording (and the first album to be released on Ra's own Saturn label) Super Sonic Jazz with Fate in a Pleasant Mood, a session put to tape in the summer of 1960. Super Sonic Jazz is a pleasantly murky foray into exotic percussion and the Arkestra's sizzling yet spacy big-band sound, while Fate in a Pleasant Mood finds a dwindling personnel list and a more spacious sound as the band prepared to leave Chicago for a new home (and adventures into new sonic territory) in New York.

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