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Sun Ra and his Solar Arkestra - On Jupiter - Kindred Spirits


Kindred Spirits

LIMITED 180 Gram Edition* Recorded in 1979, this shows the funky alien and his band of merry men on fine (upbeat...) form with three of the most soulful jams they've ever committed to wax. The big moment here for me is the extended twenty minute freak-out of 'Seductive Fantasy' which gives you on one side of vinyl the reason why so many of us are obsessed with Sun Ra - it's free jazz to a point, but rarely does free music become so triumphant and so enjoyable. There's nothing stuffy about the jams here, we're catching Ra in his late 70s period, where he plays for the love of playing and has surrounded himself with enough like minded musicians to create a holy unity of spiritual sound. 'On Jupiter' is a collection of revelatory music from a singular musical talent, and those of you who have been diving into the whole New Weird America movement would do well to explore one of the pioneers of 'weird' music... Massive.

Whatever it was that sparked SUN RA to investigate the funk between 1976 and 1979, we should all be thankful that he did. Having explored dreamy languid rhythms before‚with off-key arrangements and chants on records like New Steps, Lanquidity, Of Mythic Worlds, and Disco 3000—On Jupiter sees Sun Ra really flexing his funk muscles, stretching the group like a rubber band. Blissful flanged guitar threads its way throughout the title track, and Ra throws up piano chords and vamps all over an upfront, but fragmented bass pulse. But while the ARKESTRA might be getting their oblique grind on in the rhythm section, the music still carries those cosmic messages from the stars. Just as Ra transplanted the big band traditions of Fletcher Henderson and Duke Ellington into his own cosmic vision, here he takes the back beat of funk and disco, and teleports it into another dimension.

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