Reviews that mention Danny Thompson

June 26, 2018

Sun Ra

Discipline 27-II
Corbett vs Dempsey CD0039

Another in the seemingly limitless number of newly discovered or reissued Sun Ra sessions, 1972’s Discipline 27-II is representative in that the five tracks show off differing angles of the keyboardist/bandleader’s music. Like Stephen Leacock’s description of the fellow flinging himself on his horse and riding off in all directions, Ra was never satisfied with pursuing one musical style, when his band could incorporate a half-dozen or so references into every performance.

Following Ra most intense experimental period, this Arkestra – including eight horn players, six percussionist and four vocalists – was still jam-packed with saxophone solos from John Gilmore, Marshall Allen and others that sutured the metaphysical heft of John Coltrane’s technical explorations with the search for the intangible cosmic tones of New Thing players. Plus Ra’s keyboard arsenal, here consisting of electronic keyboard space age instruments (sic) and Moog synthesizer meant that, for instance, jingled and juddered sonic knob twists and twirls showed up alongside centred drumming and reed shrieks on “Untitled Outtake”. In contrast a track like “Discipline 8” shuttles from movie soundtrack-like accompaniment to cacophony with daubs of oscillated vibrations, muting the duck-like quacks and dog-like yelps from the other horns and Gilmore’s fiery asbestos-shredding tones. Later big band-like riffing and Afro-Cuban hand-palm pressure fight for supremacy. Fletcher Henderson-reminiscent dancing swing propelled by dual baritone saxophone vamps plus brassy color from the two trumpets shares space with Afro-futuristic vocalizing on “Neptune” as reed split tones promote and practically fuelling the spaceship voyage. MORE

January 16, 2018

Heliosonic Tone-tette

Heliosonic Toneways Vol. 1
ScienSonic Laboratories SS10

Recorded on the same date as the 50th anniversary of the studio creation of The Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra in 1965, the Saturian-American bandleader/keyboardist’s most influential and radical disc, Heliosonic Toneways Vol. 1 is an auspicious salute to that LP. Organized by reedist Scott Robinson who composed the heads and plays a music store’s worth of instruments here, Heliosonic was recorded by Richard Anderson, who also engineered Heliocentric, and features Arkestra leader Marshall Allen on piano and bass marimba as well as his expected alto saxophone and EVI. While Allen is the only holdover from the 1965 LP, among the other participants are those whose experience is on improvised music most exploratory side – with or without Sun Ra – baritone saxophonist/flutist Danny Ray Thompson, bassist clarinetist JD Parran and trombonist Frank Lacy, for instance; plus other accomplished contemporary jazzers such as trumpeter Philip Harper, alto saxophonist Yosvany Terry, percussionist Matt Wilson, bassist Pat O'Leary and bass trombonist Tim Newman. MORE

June 18, 2009

Sun Ra

Secrets of the Sun
Atavistic ALP 266 CD

Sun Ra

Live in Cleveland 1975

Golden Years of New Jazz GY 29

Sun Ra’s near-cultish status among some fans, means that, unlike the fanatical disciples such as Dean Benedetti, who preserved non-commercially released work of Charlie Parker and other major jazz figures, Ra material-hoarders number in the hundreds. Consequently previously unknown – or un-circulated – material turns up with increased regularity. Both of these sessions fit into that category. MORE

June 18, 2009

Sun Ra

Live in Cleveland 1975
Golden Years of New Jazz GY 29

Sun Ra

Secrets of the Sun

Atavistic ALP 266 CD

Sun Ra’s near-cultish status among some fans, means that, unlike the fanatical disciples such as Dean Benedetti, who preserved non-commercially released work of Charlie Parker and other major jazz figures, Ra material-hoarders number in the hundreds. Consequently previously unknown – or un-circulated – material turns up with increased regularity. Both of these sessions fit into that category. MORE