Beginners Guide to The Saturn Label

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Mind! The Gap! Straying into unfamiliar territory is always daunting, even more so, in outer space.  A reader sent me questions about Saturn originals, in particular, Sun Ra’s 1966 album, The Magic City. A gap in my knowledge, I couldn’t … Continue reading

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Sun Ra Arkestra (May 2016) live in Dalston

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  On a Saturday evening in May 2016, Space came to Dalston, London E8. Marshall Allen, 92, on alto and a reed-based synthesiser that produced space noises straight out of Gort from The Day The Earth Stood Still, and Robbie The Robot, Forbidden Planet. Marshall  carries … Continue reading

Unique Elvis Sun Ra tapes found in yard sale, up for auction.

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Amazing New Find! Following previous year’s discovery of the missing Blue Note LP 1553 Elvis Sings Thelonious Monk (pictured right), another early career move of the fledgling ex-army GI Elvis Presley has come to light in an extraordinary find, in a Southside yard sale … Continue reading

Sun Ra: Jazz/ Sun Song (1956) Delmark re-copy

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The citizens of Saturn wish you all a merry Christmas and a very spacious New Year. They are despatching a small seasonal gift as a gesture of thanks for fifty years of Earth hospitality. United Saturn Postal Service will be delivering this by interplanetary freight. It may … Continue reading

Sun Ra: Super-Sonic Sounds (1956) Impulse

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Further Adventures in Lo-Fi In a modest living room somewhere in deepest South East  London, something rather remarkable began to happen. Acoustic space between hi fi speakers,  previously populated with the ghostly shadows of jazz musicians long since passed began slowly transforming into … Continue reading

Sun Ra: Jazz in Silhouette (1959) DOL reissue

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opening Selection: Enlightenment (Dotson) Artists Hobart Dotson (trumpet) Bo Bailey (trombone) Marshall Allen, James Spaulding (alto saxophone, flute) John Gilmore (tenor saxophone) Charles Davis (baritone saxophone) Pat Patrick (baritone saxophone, flute) Sun Ra (piano, celeste) Ronnie Boykins (bass) William Cochran … Continue reading