Sun Ra! Of all the jazz musicians, Sun Ra was probably the most controversial, because of his eclectic music and unorthodox lifestyle.
Claiming that he was of the "Angel Race" and not from Earth, but from Saturn, Sun Ra developed a complex persona using "cosmic" philosophies and lyrical poetry that made him a pioneer of afrofuturism. He preached awareness and peace above all. He abandoned his birth name and took on the name and persona of Sun Ra (Ra being the Egyptian God of the Sun), and used several other names throughout his career, including Le Sony'r Ra and Sonny Lee.
Tune in every Wednesday at 8:00am for 3 hours of music that's out of this world!
Set #1 - 8:00am - 9:30am
1. Live at Montreux (rec. 1976)
Sun Ra & His Intergalactic Cosmo Arkestra
Inner City Records, IC 1039
Set #2 - 9:30am - 10:30am
2. Concert for the Comet Kohoutek (rec. NYC 22 Dec. 1973)
Sun Ra Arkestra
(I am just old enough to remember the debacle of Comet Kohoutek which reached perihelion on 28 December 1973.)
Set #3 - 10:30am - 11:00am
3. Love in Outer Space [beginning] (rec. NYC 7-8 Oct. 1995)
Knitting Factory Works, KFW 183