Wednesday, April 26

Sun Ra Arkestra Under the Direction of Marshall Allen – Babylon Live (2014)

Marshall Allen
"If the recording Babylon is any indication, the second century of Sun Ra's music will be as entertaining as the first hundred years. Recorded live at Istanbul's Babylon Club in 2014, the full effect of Sun Ra's Arkestra is captured in all its glory with this CD and bonus DVD recording. The Arkestra has been under the direction of nonagenarian Marshall Allen since Sun Ra's death in 1993. Allen, an alto saxophonist and sideman to Ra since the 1950s, has been the keeper of the interstellar flame and face of the Arkestra. His efforts have recruited the amazing talents of Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra pianist Farid Barron and singer Tara Middleton, who fills in for the departed June Tyson. ..."
All About Jazz
London Jazz News
Guardian - Sun Ra Arkestra/Marshall Allen: Babylon Live review – otherwordly space-jazz (Video) 1:39:30
YouTube: The Sun Ra Arkestra - Marshall Allen I Babylon Interview 15:56