Tuesday

Sun Ra

Lanquidity - 1978

For those who've always wanted to explore Sun Ra, but found him a bit heavy, heady or just plain hard to get into (guilty as charged), Lanquidity is a godsend. This dark, murky blend of slow funk grooves, dense orchestration and Sun Ra's delicately wild Fender Rhodes loosely groups this LP with Miles Davis' early 70s albums, albeit if they were turned down to about half speed. Here are some excerpts from Matthew Wuethrich's great All About Jazz article on this album.

"You feel as if this music should go down easy, but the candy coating turns out to be a sticky, unescapable molasses."

"This funk-stuck-in-slow-motion points to an uncomfortable dread waiting below the surface."

"...the lumbering grooves at first seduce with their simplicity, then intoxicate with their richness, until finally the darker sound textures overtake you and drop you in a place you had not imagined before."

This one came out of left field this year to become one of my favorite records. You'd be a fool to pass it up.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Excellent record. Thanks!

JBL said...

Lanquidity!!! So, so, so good. A magic groove.

Anonymous said...

Incredible Sun Ra...I've only limited exposure to his lengthy discography...really...limited to his live sets from the Ann Arbor, MI, Jazz and Blues Fests from the '70's...which I like...Space is the Place...Outer Space Employment Agency...

Now I'm hooked...thanks.

Neroon001 said...

great post,I have always enjoyed his music.Thank you,one question is there a way I can convert these files to MP3 files ?

JR HeatWarp said...

Converting m4a to mp3 shouldn't be necessary. Just import the files to your media player as you would any other audio file and they should be recognized.

Coco said...

I just discovered this record...Is great. Thanks so much, Jr.

Anonymous said...

as always -- arigato gozaimasu
taro nombei

Anonymous said...

Seeing the group in Ypsilani in the early 90s? was phenomenal, then again at Alvin's in Detroit a few months before he passed. Just great. I taped both.