Recorded overnight at Bob Bank's Blank Tapes on 17th July 1978 after the Arkestra had appeared on Saturday Night Live, Lanquidity is unique in the Ra catalog. "Most critics felt that it was more of a fusion-inspired record," explains Michael Ray. "As the name suggests, the album is liquid and languid." Bob Blank continues, "Musically, it was very ad hoc and freeform. There were horn charts but most tracks came out of improvised jams. Sun Ra just did his thing."
Comprising five effortlessly fluid pieces, the album eases in with "Lanquidity". Danny Ray Thompson remembers, "This was one of Sun Ra's on-the-spot compositions. It is almost like an Ancient Egyptian Stargazing Ceremony, mapping out the stars and the planets." "Where Pathways Meet" is "Sun Ra's funky version of an Egyptian march. Pharaoh is sending his troops off to fight and this is his pep-talk!" continues Thompson, "The music seems to take different pathways but still converges."
The loping groove of "That's How I Feel", features the reflective trumpet lines of Eddie Gale with solos by John Gilmore and Marshall Allen. "Marshall comes in with that snake charming oboe," says Thompson. The funky "Twin Stars Of Thence" weaves around Richard Williams celebrated elastic bassline while the haunting closer, "There Are Other Worlds (They Have Not Told You Of)", is pure "space music." The poet Mama Nzinga described it as "The essence of light. Spirit takes a ride inside the deep dark space of just being."
Strut presents the definitive edition of Sun Ra's classic Lanquidity album from 1978 with brand-new remastered audio in a single LP edition.
While one can't quite call it the Sun Ra dance album, this 1978 recording, made for a tiny Philadelphia record label, finds the Sun Ra Arkestra's rhythm section settling into a steady groove on each of the lengthy tracks, while horns, reeds, guitars, and Sun Ra's keyboards solo in overlapping patterns on top.
- Vinyl LP
- Remastered by Technology Works
- Silver foil LP jacket
- New liner notes by Michael Ray, Danny Ray Thompson & Bob Blank
- Made in Poland
- Assembled in Czech Republic
|Marshall Allen||alto sax, oboe, flute|
|Eloe Omoe||bass clarinet, flute|
|Julian Pressley||baritone sax|
|John Gilmore||tenor sax|
|Michael Ray||trumpet, flugelhorn|
|James Jacson||bassoon, flute, oboe, vocals|
|Artaukatune||congo drums, tympani|
|Danny Thompson||baritone sax, flute|
|Sun Ra||ARP, Fender Rhodes, Yamaha organ, Hammond B3 organ, R.A. Moog Minimoog, acoustic piano, orchestral bells, Crumar electronic keyboard, vocals|
- Where Pathways Meet
- That's How I Feel
- Twin Stars Of Thence
- There Are Other Worlds (They Have Not Told You Of)