Great Video of New Recording of “Seductive Fantasy” by Sun Ra Arkestra
We know for certain that “Space is the Place,” because Sun Ra first declared it. Sun Ra, who returned to his home planet in 1993 at the age of 79, was an innovator whose musical compositions incorporated swing, bebop, fusion, electronics, free jazz, ragtime, avant-garde and everything else he could fit into his vision. He purported to be from Saturn, and those who heard him didn’t argue.
Marshall Allen, at the age of 96, is still leading the collective known as Sun Ra Arkestra, and now there is great news. This is an article by Noah Yoo from the outstanding publication Pitchfork:
This October, Sun Ra Arkestra are releasing their first new studio album since 1999’s A Song for the Sun. The as-yet-untitled record will arrive via Strut. Below, check out the Arkestra’s “Seductive Fantasy,” which is a new version of an original composition by Sun Ra that was first recorded for 1979’s On Jupiter. The track arrives with a music video animated by Chad VanGaalen.
Sun Ra Arkestra recorded their new album at Rittenhouse Soundworks in Philadelphia. The record was engineered, produced, and mixed by Jim Hamilton and longtime Arkestra leader Marshall Allen.
Here is the original 1979 recording:
For good measure, here is a recording of “Space is the Place” from the 1973 album of the same name: