Thursday, May 26
Some Blues But Not the Kind That's Blue - Sun Ra and his Arkestra (1977)
"Fantastic. Another rare Saturn release makes its way into the digital realm. This time, it's Some Blues But Not the Kind That's Blue, a nice 1977 date that's heavy on standards. Aside from the two Sun Ra tunes (one of which had been unreleased prior to this), this is a pretty inside date with some major statements from Ra on piano and John Gilmore on tenor. Everyone gets a bit of solo room, and the flutes and bass clarinet add some really nice colors, especially on 'My Favorite Things,' a song so closely identified with the John Coltrane Quartet that this version is almost startling in its contrast to Coltrane's myriad versions. Aside from the title track and the two earlier bonus takes of 'I'll Get By,' there is no bass player present, the low end falling mostly to Ra's piano. ... Although the Arkestra is notorious for its outside playing and cacophonous tendencies, this album shows they could play it straight as well as anyone in the game. Wonderful stuff."
W - Some Blues But Not the Kind That's Blue
Sun Ra Sunday
YouTube: Amen, Meni Many Amens, Saturn, Make Another Mistake, Some Blues But Not the Kind That's Blue, I'll Get By, Nature Boy, Outer Reach Intense Energy (Bonus Track)