Sun Ra Arkestra – Face the Music / Space is the Place – YouTube

What do you do when you know that you know,
that you know that you’re wrong?
You’ve got to face the music,
you’ve got to listen to the cosmos song.

Two of my very favorite Sun Ra tunes on a show from the late 80s that I remember well. Check out David Sanborn. Very 80s hair and glasses.

Sun Ra himself sounds in great form. I love the fact that his comping is fairly old school even while his music is our-there avant garde. This is an inspiring performance for me.

djembe rhythms & african drum rhythms – djembefola.com

Learn traditional djembe rhythms and other West African drum rhythms with our extensive free reference.

Source: djembe rhythms & african drum rhythms – djembefola.com

This is way cool. The list of djembe rhythms at the bottom of the page is great. Each rhythm is presented in notation with a midi file rendering of the rhythm. I could learn a lot from a site like this…if only I owned a djembe drum.

Wynonie Harris with Sun Ra: Dig This Boogie (Bullet 78 rpm) – YouTube

Sun Ra’s stride piano playing from 1946. This is early R&B with stop-time figures, driving bass, big-band-style comping, and tasty improv. Sometimes I lose sight of just how good Sun Ra was as a piano player. Later in his career some of his playing seems almost sloppy, even given that he often incorporated free playing into his compositions. This tune is tight, for sure.

Check out this article about Sun Ra. It’s a pretty good rundown.

Sun Ra – Rocket Number Nine Take Off For The Planet Venus – YouTube

John Gilmore! What a great tenor player. He sounds like a slightly smoothened Coltrane, repeating himself with minor alterations until he has exhausted a particular line’s logic.

Not much of a composition composition – there is no real arrangement other than some stop-time figures and some free improv. The lyrics really drive the tune, leading to a big “All aboard!” – a train headed for Saturn.

Great fun live, I would imagine. This tune is part of the space chant performed on the Live in London album, strung together with a bunch of other tunes for one swinging medley of celebratory non-chaos. read more

The Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ at 50: Still Full of Joy and Whimsy – The New York Times

Source: The Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ at 50: Still Full of Joy and Whimsy – The New York Times

The first album I ever bought. Some of it sounds goofy to me now, but mostly it’s brilliant. An absolute classic.

Fela Kuti – Gentleman – YouTube

Africa hot
I like am so
I know what to wear
But my friend don’t know
Him put him sock
Him put him shoe
Him put him pant
Him put him singlet
Him put him trouser
Him put him shirt
Him put him tie
Him put him coat
Him come cover all with him hat
Him be gentleman
Him go sweat all over
Him go faint right down
Him go smell like shit
Him go piss for body
Him no go know
Me I no be gentleman like that
(chorus) I no be gentleman at all o
I be Africa man
Original
(chorus) I no be gentleman at all o