The Spinners

Lanquidity (Sun Ra, 1978)

In American, Dodo Dayao, Jazz on April 10, 2010 at 11:11 am

Five songs—but the territories it covers and opens up. The funeral march title track knocking on heaven’s door as if death and ecstasy were the same thing (hey, you never know), then “Where Pathways Meet” gets urban and urgent as the noir-funk gives Disco Kid On Guitar some, before “There Are Other Worlds (They Have Not Told You Of)” not only lets you know, it actually tries to take you to as many of them as it can. Having been a jazz hanger-on for so long and not having heard a single Sun Ra was a bug up my ass so I took measures. This was not my first, and Sun Ra-sedated meant this was not the freaky you crave from his Arkestra, but it’s the one with the most stick. The artist formerly known as Herman Blount not only believed in his Saturnian lineage, he also believed his massive psych-jazz was medicinal. Lanquidity has convinced me he’s onto something there. Still not sure about the Saturn thing, though.

– Dodo Dayao

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