Sun Ra Arkestra, Swirling

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2020 10 30

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    1. Satellites Are Spinning / Lights on a Satellite

    2. Seductive Fantasy 11:47

    3. Swirling

    4. Angels and Demons at Play 07:05

    5. Sea of Darkness / Darkness 05:15

    6. Rocket No. 9 04:59

    7. Astro Black

    8. Infinity / I'll Wait for You

    9. Unmask the Batman

    10. Sunology

    11. Queer Notions 05:39

    12. Space Loneliness

    13. Door of the Cosmos / Say


    The planets align as the mighty Sun Ra Arkestra, under the direction of the maestro Marshall Allen, are releasing their first studio album in over twenty years, ‘Swirling’. 

    “We truly hope that this recording brings much joy to a planet which is so deeply in need of a spirit sound and vibration,” states saxophonist Knoel Scott. “We hope it contributes to a change in the ominous direction of man’s journey through the cosmos.” 

    “This new release is the Arkestra’s love offering to the world,” concludes Marshall Allen. “Beta music for a better world.” 

    Recorded at Rittenhouse Soundworks in Philadelphia, the new recording represents the continuation of a heartfelt rebirth of the Arkestra under Allen’s guidance since Sun Ra left the planet in 1993, gaining new generations of followers from their regular touring across the globe. With a big band line-up featuring long-standing Arkestra members including Danny Ray Thompson (RIP), Michael Ray, Vincent Chancey, Knoel Scott, Cecil Brooks, Atakatune (RIP), Elson Nascimento and Tyler Mitchell, the album is a full-blooded celebration of Sun Ra’s legacy.

    Marshall Allen: Alto Saxophone, EVI 

    Knoel Scott: Alto Saxophone 

    James Stewart: Tenor Saxophone, Flute 

    Danny Ray Thompson: Baritone Saxophone, Flute 

    Michael Ray: Trumpet 

    Cecil Brooks: Trumpet 

    Vincent Chancey: French Horn 

    Dave Davis: Trombone, Vocals 

    Farid Barron: Piano 

    Dave Hotep: Guitar 

    Tyler Mitchell: Bass 

    Wayne Anthony Smith, Jr.: Drums 

    Elson Nascimento: Surdo Drums, Percussion 

    Stanley “Atakatune” Morgan: Congas 

    Tara Middleton: Vocals, Violin 

    Recorded and Mixed at Rittenhouse Soundworks, Philadelphia 

    Recording Engineer: Peter Tramo 

    Mixed by Michael Richelle with thanks to Michael Ray and Dilip Harris

    Production and Mix Supervision: Jim Hamilton