Discipline 27-II was recorded in 1972, a product of the same sessions that would yield Sun Ra's legendary Space Is the Place LP. The recordings took place October 19–20 at Streeterville Studios, Chicago, featuring the largest Arkestra line-up Ra had taken into a studio. The date was produced by Impulse! and Riverside veteran Ed Michel.
There have been several atrocious-sounding bootleg editions on the market, but this 2017 fully authorized remaster reveals the rich clarity of these sessions. This edition was remastered for Strut Records by Peter Beckmann from the original master tapes in the Sun Ra Music Archive, under license from Sun Ra LLC.
On the original 1972 Saturn version released by Sun Ra, the 24-minute title track was inexplicably divided into four separate tracks at arbitrary points, thus interrupting the flow of the work. On this remastered edition, the title track has been restored to its proper length without interruption.
The LP version, released by Strut for Record Store Day 2017, features complete original artwork, full roster of players on each track, and new sleeve notes by Francis Gooding.
A CD edition was issued in October 2017 by Corbett vs. Dempsey Records.
released May 20, 2017
2017, Enterplanetary Koncepts
All tracks produced by Sun Ra
Recorded at Streeterville Studios, Chicago, October 19–20, 1972
Sun Ra: piano, space organ [Farfisa], Minimoog, Rocksichord, vocal dramatizing
Akh Tal Ebah: trumpet, flugelhorn, space dimension mellophone (mellophone with contrabassoon reed), space ethnic voice
Lamont McClamb [Kwame Hadi]: trumpet, percussion
Marshall Allen: alto sax, flute, percussion
Danny Davis: alto sax, flute, alto clarinet, percussion
Larry Northington: alto sax, conga, percussion
John Gilmore: tenor sax, drums, space ethnic voice
Pat Patrick: tenor sax, baritone sax, flute, electric bass, vocals
Danny Ray Thompson: baritone sax, flute, libflecto, percussion, vocals
Eloe Omoe: bass clarinet, flute, percussion
Lex Humphries: drums percussion
Robert Underwood [Aye Aton]: drums
Harry Richards: drums, percussion
Alzo Wright: drums, percussion
Stanley Morgan [Atakatune]: conga, percussion
Russell Branch [Odun]: conga, percussion
June Tyson, Ruth Wright, Cheryl Banks, Judith Holton: space ethnic voices
Tape transfers by Michael D. Anderson of the Sun Ra Music Archive and Peter Beckmann
Digital restoration by Peter Beckmann
Thanks to Quinton Scott and Peter Dennett
A Helpful Guide to the Many Sun Ra Albums on Bandcamp: daily.bandcamp.com/2017/10/13/sun-ra-album-guide
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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Drummer, band leader, sound collagist Makaya McCravens 2nd opus magnum. Material from 4 different purely improvised live sets in 4 cities, recomposed into new compositions/collages. To astonishing results, I have to add. Carsten Pieper
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