That’s How I feel
While one can’t quite call it the Sun Ra dance album, this 1978 recording, made for a tiny Philadelphia record label, finds the Sun Ra Arkestra’s rhythm section settling into a steady groove on each of the lengthy tracks, while horns, reeds, guitars, and Sun Ra’s keyboards solo in overlapping patterns on top. The title number recalls Charles Mingus’ “Goodbye Porkpie Hat” in its slow pace and elegiac tone, while the middle three tracks have livelier beats with playing that often answers to the style of fusion played by many jazz groups in the late ’70s. “There Are Other Worlds (They Have Not Told You Of),” the nearly 11-minute concluding tune, is the closest to more familiar 1960s and early-’70s Sun Ra, with its less cohesive lead work and the “ethnic voices” that speak, sing, and whisper about outer space. Lanquidity was extremely rare in its original vinyl pressing. It was reissued by Evidence Music on September 26, 2000, with liner notes in which John Dilberto discussed Sun Ra’s 25-year residence in Philadelphia and Tom Buchler, who organized the recording session, discussed the making of the album.
Many thanks to the wonderful staff of SPACES Lit Mag for publishing my poem; I’m pleased to share the publication with Al Maginnes and several other talented artists!
Please enjoy this piece, and everyone else’s work in the new edition! :)
Charles Mingus - “Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting” - Blues & Roots[1959-1960]
“Ellington and gospel music, and later blues, are the most influential sources of Mingus’s musical inspiration, but they are not the only ones. At a very early stage, Mingus had a strong affinity for European impressionist composers like Debussy and Ravel. But above all, he had practical experience in almost all areas of jazz. By working as sideman of such dissimilar musicians as Kid Ory, Louis Armstrong, Lionel Hampton, Red Norvo, Art Tatum, and Charlie Parker, Mingus got intimately acquainted with a broad spectrum of styles. In fact, it is doubtful whether any other musician has ever had quite the same amount of direct access to so many different kinds of jazz” (Ekkehard Jost,Free Jazz, 1975).
Sonny Clark: ”Deep In A Dream”
“You Leave Me Breathless” - John Coltrane
Album: Traneing In: John Coltrane with the Red Garland Trio
Prestige Records, 1958
- John Coltrane — tenor saxophone
- Red Garland — piano
- Paul Chambers — bass
- Art Taylor — drums
She does not belong to you /
No, there is no need for your correction /
All rivers run in the same direction /
|—||Saul Williams | ”Tao For Now” | Amethyst Rock Star (2001)|
John Coltrane - “Like Someone In Love” - Lush Life
Flying Lotus | Unexpected Delight (ft. Laura Darlington)
“Cupid De Locke” - Smashing Pumpkins
from Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (1995)