Sun Ra, keyboardist
Keyboardist ~ Bandleader
birth name: Herman Sonny Blount

Sun Ra

May 22, 1914, Birmingham, AL ~ May 30, 1993, Birmingham, AL

“But recently I began to feel that maybe I wouldn't be able to do what I want to do and need to do with American musicians, who are imprisoned behind these bars; music's got these bars and measures you know.” ~ Sun Ra

Because he insisted that he was a Saturnian, and developed an elaborate cosmology and myth-system with considerable spiritual and political implications, Sun Ra was often dismissed as a clown. For some listeners it was enough to see him decked out in his extraterrestrial regalia to call him a con man and move on. Even the most cursory hearing of the music demonstrates that such dismissals were and are patently unfair. Behind Ra's mythology were a good number of sound and sensible ideas; more importantly, he was a master musician who left a magnificent body of work. His influence as an arranger and a leader cannot be underestimated, and is ignored by musicians only at their peril. ~ All about Jazz: Sun Ra ~ retrieved June 20, 2013 © All About Jazz

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Sun Ra ~ Inducted in the 1987 Big Band And Jazz Hall Of Fame.

Sun Ra - The Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra Volume 1 (1965) ~ Ranked #48 Jazzwise 100 Jazz Albums That Shook The World in 2006 ~ Ra had been making albums for his own label Saturn for a decade by the time this one slipped out via ESP-Disk, but this was the first to make a wide impact due not only to the unprecedented nature of the music […] but also to the fact that ESP-Disk, a tiny label making a big noise at the time, actually got distributed outside of Chicago and New York and even made a splash internationally. ~ 2006 © Jazzwise

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