Live at Babylon Sun Ra Arkestra with Marshall Allen
- 1Astro Black02:31
- 2Ra #210:00
- 4Discipline 27b11:44
- 6Care Free #210:03
- 7Dancing Shadows11:34
- 8Satellites Are Spinning11:23
Info for Live at Babylon
Legendary pianist and bandleader Sun Ra departed from this Earth in 1993 but his cosmic legacy lives on via this excellent live set featuring his Arkestra recorded at the Babylon Club, Istanbul in May 2014. Now directed by ninety year old alto saxophonist / flautist Marshall Allen, the music reflects the imperturbable spirit of freedom and creativity of a band which has existed for some six decades.
Also on board for this particular astral journey are long established members of the Arkestra crew including Vincent Chancey (french horn), Knoel Scott (alto saxophone), Elson Nascimento (percussion) together with relative newcomers Tara Middleton (vocals & violin) and Farid Barron, the first to occupy the pianists chair since Sun Ra's passing. As with all Arkestra performances the music is a beguiling mix of inter-planetary (free) flights of fancy and more conventional pieces such as 'Stardust', an appropriately titled standard, and the Ra penned 'Saturn', a fixture in the bands book since the mid -1950's.
Recorded by IN+OUT Records in centenary of Sun Ra's birth, this live set is a superb document of the Arkestra's music as it is today. The album is also dedicated to the memory of Mehmet Ulug, who together with his brother Ahmet, brought the Arkestra to Istanbul from the first time in 1990 and went on to open the Babylon Club.
Marshall Allen, director, alto saxophone, EVI, vocals
Tara Middleton, vocals, violin
Cecil Brooks, trumpet
Vincent Chancey, French horn
Dave Davis, trombone
Knoel Scott, alto saxophone, vocals
James Stuart, tenor saxophone
Danny Ray Thompson, baritone saxophone
Farid Barron, piano
Dave Hotep, guitar
Tyler Mitchell, bass
Stanley Morgan, congas, percussion
Elson Nascimento, surdo, percussion
Wayne Anthony Smith Jr., drums
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