The mothership and what have you. The band members were even scared because it was unpredictable.Sun Ra - Rocket Number Nine Take Off For The Planet Venus
The Lives and Times of Sun Ra ] in 1997, when it was first published, and reviewed it for the Advocate newspapers. Then the lights came up, and you could see the band members crawling on their stomachs up toward the stage. Sun Ra had an epiphany: Sun Ra was not well known among the big names. The Chicago crowd, where he first formed the Arkestra, was different than others. I guess this question goes to the heart of the bigger question: So the white people were removed.
LP Sun Ra. No matter how weird you thought you were in the 1960s, Sun Ra and his Arkestra were weirder.
He was a taskmaster and it was a tough existence. An influential jazz composer, keyboardist and bandleader, Sun Ra always insisted he was just visiting this planet. And depending on where you were coming into the thing, you either saw him as this avuncular, sweet old guy — or he was scary. After his passing, saxophonist Marshall Allen took over the reins and continue to lead the Arkestra to this day!
Home What Planet Is This? John Szwed says Ra's stage act also got weirder and bigger. Ra's interest in ancient Egypt and African cultures led some to associate him with the Black Nationalist movement of the '60s and '70s.
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Did Miles Davis ever talk about Sun Ra? In my book about Miles Davis [ So What: It was an unheard of amount of work, nearly obsessive workload.