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Sun Ra – The Perfect Man (1973)

Fallen in love with this track over the Christmas break. Complete funk, jazz, mayhem from Sun Ra’s remarkably eclectic Singles compilation released as a double CD in 1996. Mini-moog to the fore, drums from heaven and a jaunty brass lead that just about knits everything together …

To say the least, Sun Ra was an unusual character who may well have been the inspiration for Blackadder’s immortal line:

He’s mad. He’s madder than Mad Jack McMad, the winner of this year’s Mr Madman competition

The following extract from Wikipedia provides additional evidence ….

Sun Ra was a prolific jazz composer, bandleader, piano and synthesizer player, poet and philosopher known for his “cosmic philosophy,” musical compositions and performances.

“Of all the jazz musicians, Sun Ra was probably the most controversial,” critic Scott Yanow said, because of Sun Ra’s eclectic music and unorthodox lifestyle. Claiming that he was of the “Angel Race” and not from Earth, but from Saturn, Sun Ra developed a complex persona using “cosmic” philosophies and lyrical poetry that made him a pioneer of afrofuturism. He preached awareness and peace above all. He abandoned his birth name and took on the name and persona of Sun Ra (Ra being the Egyptian God of the Sun), and used several other names throughout his career, including Le Sonra and Sonny Lee. Sun Ra denied any connection with his birth name, saying “That’s an imaginary person, never existed … Any name that I use other than Ra is a pseudonym.”

From the mid-1950s to his death, Sun Ra led “The Arkestra” (a deliberate re-spelling of “orchestra”), an ensemble with an ever-changing lineup and name. It was by turns called “The Solar Myth Arkestra”, “His Cosmo Discipline Arkestra”, the “Blue Universe Arkestra”, “The Jet Set Omniverse Arkestra”, and many other variations. Sun Ra asserted that the ever-changing name of his ensemble reflected the ever-changing nature of his music. His mainstream success was limited ….

Can’t think why ….

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