Album Review

Sun Ra & Intergalactic Infinty – “Night of the Purple Moon, the ” – [El Saturn Research]

Thurston Hunger   5/29/2006   12-inch, Jazz

Herman Poole Blount walked this planet (others
too) as Sun Ra. He spoke and played in koans,
and cloaked his message in the early marriage
of synthesizers and jazz. On this release
it’s just him and a few select crew members,
an Arkestra away team, exploring the realms
of the purple moon. Initially the atmosphere
has an air of bluesy swing, the solar wind
mounts though. Ra’s blocky, choppy Roksichord
keyspace twinkerings constitute the whole of
A-side closer “Outside the Time Zone”. On the
flip we find a dark side of this Moon, some
lunar clarinet roving but most prominent is
the Roksichord, (allegedly stolen from Sun Ra
some time in the early 70’s after this initial
release) What a sound! John Gilmore plays
*drums* on this album, instead Danny Davis is
the main reed man, including uncredited flute
on “The All of Everything.” The Sun shines on
this “Night.” Ra-velation! -Thuston Hunger

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