sun ra – ‘love in outer space’ (1969)

sun ra (1914-1993): aka le sonra + sonny lee; cosmic philosopher, poet, pianist, jazz composer and leader of the arkestra. an early pioneer of electronic music

he claimed he was of the angel race, not from earth but from saturn

this track’s from his new york phase (which was sandwiched by chicago and philadelphia phases). though this phase was often associated with avant-garde jazz, sun ra himself did not believe his work could be classified as “free music”:

“i have to make sure that every note, every nuance, is correct. … if you want to call it that, spell it p-h-r-e, because ph is a definite article and re is the name of the sun. so i play phre music—music of the sun”

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