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Dance of Innocent Passion

by Sun Ra & His Arkestra

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Omnisonicism 06:29
Intensity 06:14
Cosmo-Energy 19:07


Recorded at the Squat Theatre, NYC, 1980, and released on Sun Ra's Saturn record label in 1981. All four titles are unique to this album and do not recur in Ra's performance chronicles or recording discography.

Squat was founded in Budapest by Hungarian dissidents in the 1960s. In the 1970s a number of Squat founders were expelled from Hungary, and these political exiles relocated to New York, where they re-established the theater in a cramped storefront at 256 West 23rd Street. Besides music, Squat was known for dramatic productions (from Chekhov to conceptual absurdism), which were staged in the theater's window overlooking the 23rd Street sidewalk.

From 1979 to 1982 the Arkestra gigged regularly at Squat; an unknown number of performances were recorded, a few released commercially in limited quantities with handmade covers. The Squat archives (at SquatTheatre.com) claim that Ra debuted there in August 1979 and performed on the premises 47 times, "to become our most frequent guest." The chronicle explains that "the fit between the Arkestra and the Squat Theatre was a natural one, as both were in essence creative communes."


released May 8, 2015

2015, Enterplanetary Koncepts
All tracks produced by Sun Ra
All titles composed by Sun Ra © Enterplanetary Koncepts (BMI)

Sun Ra: organ, synth
Walter Miller: trumpet
Michael Ray: trumpet
Ronnie Brown: trumpet
Vincent Chancey: French horn
Ray Draper: tuba
Marshall Allen: alto sax, flute, oboe, percussion
John Gilmore: tenor sax, timbales
Danny Ray Thompson: baritone sax, flute, percussion
James Jacson: bassoon, flute Infinity-drum
Skeeter McFarland: electric guitar
Taylor Richardson: electric guitar
Richard “Radu” Williams: bass
Harry Wilson: vibraphone
Damon Choice: vibraphone
Luqman Ali: drums
Samarai Celestial [Eric Walker]: drums
Atakatune: conga, percussion

Transferred from disc and digitally restored by Irwin Chusid
Special thanks to Phast Phreddie Patterson

Issued under license from Sun Ra LLC
Cover design by Irwin Chusid


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The foremost figure in musical Afro-futurism and space-jazz. Keyboardist, composer, Arkestra leader, arranger, philosopher-jester, fashion icon, cosmic guide. Born Herman Blount in Alabama, 1914, left the planet in 1993, giving Earthlings a monumental catalog of recordings that transcend genre. ... more

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