We've updated our Terms of Use. You can review the changes here.

Jazz by Sun Ra

by Sun Ra & His Arkestra

  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    Purchasable with gift card

      $9.99 USD  or more


Brainville 04:13
Transition 03:41
Possession 04:57
Future 02:54
New Horizons 03:05
Sun Song 03:37


Sun Ra's first album was produced in 1956-57 by Tom Wilson for the legendary—and short-lived—Transition Records label. Wilson was fresh out of Harvard (he graduated cum laude in 1955) and launched the Cambridge-based label with audacious early recording dates by Donald Byrd, Cecil Taylor, Jay Migliori, Doug Watkins, Paul Chambers, Pepper Adams, Curtis Fuller, and Louis Smith. (Not all recordings were issued at the time.) How he hooked up with Ra—then based in Chicago and virtually unknown elsewhere—is a bit of a mystery.

The set was recorded in July 1956 and issued in 1957. Sun Ra had only recently formed and named the Arkestra, although he had been working with these players on and off for a number of years. The styles shift from hard bop to Third Stream, from Exotica to Ra's emerging concept of Space Jazz. Although the album received very little notice at the time of its original release, it served as a foundational statement for Sun Ra and hints at what was to come.

Transition went out of business in 1958, the recorded masters were sold to various established labels, and Wilson went on to a legendary career as a producer at Savoy, United Artists, Columbia, and MGM-Verve. Along the way he produced the first two albums by both the Mothers of Invention and the Velvet Underground, as well as the debut of Simon and Garfunkel and four Bob Dylan albums. More info can be found at ProducerTomWilson.com.


released August 11, 2014

2014, Enterplanetary Koncepts
All tracks produced by Tom Wilson for Transition Records

All titles composed by Sun Ra © Enterplanetary Koncepts (BMI)
Except "Possession" (Harry Revel) and "Lullaby for Realville" (Richard Evans)

Sun Ra (Hammond B-3 organ, piano)
Art Hoyle (trumpet, percussion)
Dave Young (trumpet, percussion)
Julian Priester (trombone, percussion)
James Scales (alto sax)
John Gilmore (tenor sax, percussion)
Pat Patrick (baritone sax, percussion)
Richard Evans (bass)
Wilburn Green (electric bass, tambourine)
Robert Barry (drums, percussion)
Jim Herndon (tympani, timbales, bells).

Issued under license from Sun Ra LLC


all rights reserved



Sun Ra New York, New York

A Helpful Guide to the Many Sun Ra Albums on Bandcamp: daily.bandcamp.com/2017/10/13/sun-ra-album-guide
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

contact / help

Contact Sun Ra

Streaming and
Download help

Redeem code

Report this album or account

If you like Jazz by Sun Ra, you may also like: