Free Jazz / Jazz

Sun Ra Arkestra: “Seductive Fantasy”

by Rupert Bottenberg

The Earth has circled the sun 20 times since the release of A Song for the Sun, the last full album from the Sun Ra Arkestra. Led by venerable saxophonist Marshall Allen since the death in 1993 of the godfather of cosmic jazz, the ensemble has kept the explosively exploratory spirit of Sun Ra alive, and in fact will release a full new album in the fall, on the funky Strut label. In the meantime, to whet the appetite, they’ve put out a new version of “Seductive Fantasy”, originally on 1979’s On Jupiter, and it is in deed both seductive and fantastic, especially as it’s accompanied by the amazing eye-candy of Chad VanGaalen, Canadian indie rocker and psychedelic illustrator/animator par excellence.

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