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Sun Ra - Art Forms of Dimensions Tomorrow 180g

Sun Ra - Art Forms of Dimensions Tomorrow 180g

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Artist: Sun Ra |  Label: Saturn  |  Format: LP  |  Genre: Jazz | Album Condition: New  |  Cover Condition: Sealed


Sun Ra
Art Forms of Dimensions Tomorrow
Saturn Records 9956 re-issue LP on 180g vinyl
Art Forms of Dimensions Tomorrow, a key transitional album in the Sun Ra catalog, was produced in two sessions shortly after the bandleader's 1961 migration from Chicago to New York (with a brief stopover in Montreal). One of about a dozen Arkestra albums compiled from recordings made at the Choreographer's Workshop, Art Forms displays Sun Ra's increasing tendency to juxtapose stylistic incongruities on vinyl in the interests of showcasing his versatility—or accommodating restless attention spans (perhaps his own). Like many albums recorded during this period, Art Forms was not released on Saturn until several years later (1965), by which time Sun Ra's repertoire and concerts had progressed beyond conventional jazz forms. ("Lights on a Satellite" and "Kosmos in Blue" were recorded at the late 1961 session from which emerged the Bad & Beautiful album—which was not released until 1972.) Like all Choreographer's sessions, the ad hoc acoustics painted the proceedings with a raw, warehouse ambience—what we call "Garage Jazz."

Art Forms is one of the first Saturn releases to feature what became a trademark effect on many Sun Ra recordings during the 1960s: an otherworldly reverb courtesy drummer Tommy Hunter's open-reel tape deck. Hunter discovered the process while testing the unit during a band warm-up. He ran a cable from the output back through the input, creating a mind-bending feedback loop that could be shaped by adjusting the volume of the playback knob. You can hear Hunter's alchemy on "Cluster of Galaxies" and "Solar Drums." Tommy was initially apprehensive that Sun Ra might be furious at the cacophony, but when he heard it, the bandleader was delighted. The reverb became a recurring instrument in the band's lineup (and later an overused gimmick in psychedelic rock). It is, by serendipity, Sun Ra's initial foray into experimental electronic music.

Arkestra includes John Gilmore, Marshall Allen, Pat Patrick, Clifford Jarvis, Ronnie Boykins, and others in various combinations. 


     Tracks are;

Cluster of Galaxies 
Ankh 
Solar Drums 
The Outer Heavens 
Infinity of the Universe 
Lights on a Satallite 
Kosmos in Blue 

New SEALED re-issue LP (no barcode) 


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