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Artist
Sun Ra Quartet
ReleaseProduct
The Sky Is A Sea Of Darkness When There Is No Sun To Light The Way
Label
Art Yard
Catalogue Number
ARTYARD45003
Release Date
December 18, 2020

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Lifted from 1978’s New Steps, a curiously mellow and low-key LP given Sun Ra’s propensity for audacious experiments in free jazz, Saturn’s favourite son dips into more cosmic existentialism with ‘The Sky Is A Sea Of Darkness…’. Joined by John Gilmore, Luqman Ali and Michael Ray — longstanding members of his quartet — the song moves like fine vapour along melancholy keys, as lyrical impressions are lovingly cast across its steady pace. On the flip side we go further back in time to 1957’s ‘Somewhere In Space’, a full band affair full of swaggering brass and a trilled ‘Alien vocal’ delivery.

  1. 1 The Sky Is A Sea Of Darkness When There Is No Sun To Light The Way Sun Ra Quartet featuring John Gilmore 4:37
  2. 2 Somewhere In Space Sun Ra Quartet 7:29

Side 1: 4.37mins, cut at 45rpm
Side 2: 7.30mins cut at 33rpm

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