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Down Beat (6/96, p.44) - 4.5 Stars - Very Good/Excellent - "...a sparkling exception to the trend of bland tribute albums....32 bands...pay homage to the diversity and strength of the music and poetry of Ra and the Arkestra, arguing convincingly that Ra's work will stand the test of time....these tracks...true to Ra's spirit, straddle a line between ceremony and circus..."JazzTimes (9/96, pp.111-112) - "The Sun Ra legacy is spreading like solar energy to warm and animate all corners of the cosmos; the covers are worthy of galactic upheavals..."Option (3-4/96, p.130) - "...quite an accomplishment...this double CD concentrates primarily on contributions from Bay Area artists, many of whom are definitely on the wavelength..."81.10895

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Down Beat (5/93, p.37) - 4 Stars - Very Good - "...finds [Ra] unbowed in spirit and still incisive on piano and synthesizer....the band is exuberant..."80.82101

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The Wire (p.76) - "[T]his is a joyful amalgam of Ellingtonian swing, percussive nod towards a pan-African inheritance and occasional quirky evocations of an imagined ancient Egypt."70.71838

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Magnet (p.118) - "[F]orged from an alloy of primitive electronics, exotic percussion, plaster-cracking horn solos and tradition steeped swing rhythms."The Wire (p.63) - "The most notable track 'Heliocentric Worlds', is primarily an atmospheric Ra piano solo over Roger Blank's inventive percussive overlay and Ronnie Boykins's steady bass pulsations."70.71838

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The Wire (p.76) - "[T]his is a joyful amalgam of Ellingtonian swing, percussive nod towards a pan-African inheritance and occasional quirky evocations of an imagined ancient Egypt."60.61576

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Mojo (Publisher) (p.97) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Sublime and bonkers in equal measure, it sounds like Sun Ra remixed by Muslimgauze."0.5758572

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JazzTimes (p.60) - "This is a band that swings, and swings hard. Its song selections and performances reminds us of what Sun Ra did so well: He managed to be traditional and pioneering."0.5038751

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Record Collector (magazine) (p.84) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's not dated a bit. One reason might be influences such as The Residents, Cabaret Voltaire, Sun Ra and others, as well as the infectious enjoyment of the music."0.5038751

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CMJ (1/24/00, p.32) - "...a mind-melding blend of jazz, funk and Latin music, forging a sound that's in its own way just as visionary as Sun Ra or John Zorn..."0.5038751

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The Wire (12/02, p.69) - "...NUCLEAR WAR is a beauty....Maybe this time around NUCLEAR WAR will finally achieve the crossover success that Sun Ra always predicted for it..."CMJ (11/25/02, p.7) - "...Yo La Tengo has never ceased to surprise with a constantly changing array of genre-bending offerings..."0.4318929

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JazzTimes (2/97, p.112) - "...an experimental alternative-music genre, spiced by dollops of hip hop, free jazz and contemporary riffs, approaches that not even Roland Kirk and Sun Ra tried. The sound of this trio from Burlington, VT is nothing like what Grandpappy picked..."0.4318929

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Uncut (p.104) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[H]ere he joins the former Sun Ra Arkestra percussionist for three tracks of somnambulant electronics, spirited reed wheezes and hectic, live-sounding free percussion."The Wire (p.48) - "[E]ach moment of the disc is filled with restless, taut interplay between Reid's percussion and Hebden's electronics."0.3599108

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The Wire (p.70) - "[I]t's the repertory material that catches the ear: brilliant versions of Eric Dolphy's 'The Prophet', Ayler's seldom covered 'Love Cry' and Sun Ra's 'Enlightenment', among others."JazzTimes (p.134) - "Vandermark seems extremely comfortable in this particular setting, smoothly shifting from brawny tenor barking to contemplative clarinet musings."0.3599108

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The Wire (10/99, p.61) - "...foregrounds the interplay of the akete, funde and repeater drums, providing space for musicians...to move in and out of the mix. The result is a set of off-kilter almost-funk, a masterpiece of propulsive restraint..."The Wire (12/00, p.62) - "...One of his best [albums], both wild and processional at the same time....this album can be perfectly programmed with any Sun Ra from the early 70s..."0.3599108

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Rolling Stone (2/1/73, p.44) - "...back in the forefront, where he belongs, with an inspired and consistent album containing some of his best intrumental work, compositions and arrangements...an excellent indication of his particular talent at its best..."Q (8/95, pp.150-151) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "Zappa in Sun Ra mode, bulging with epic electric jazz and bogus big-band pomp..."j0.3599108

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Down Beat (6/96, p.44) - 4 Stars - Very Good - "...Anastasio directs varying combinations of players in open, structured improvisations...Credit Anastasio for defying commercial expectations with this gutsy, freewheeling ensemble effort."Option (7-8/96, p.135) - "...Trey Anastasio is determined to push the proverbial envelope, even if he's not sure where it's going..."Musician (5/96, p.93) - "...[Anastasio] captured some profound stuff, bouncing off manic guitarist Marc Ribot and keyboardist John Medeski, while Sun Ra trumpeter Michael Ray and saxist Marshall Allen turned the trip into a free-jazz-for-all, with admirably fluctuating levels of adrenaline..."0.2879286

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Down Beat (p.66) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[The] materials collide with the pieces' most abstract sound explorations and polyphonic outbursts in an eerily powerful way."JazzTimes (p.104) - "With a lineup that includes Mazurek's bandmates from Isotope 217 and members of Tortoise, the Orchestra creates a powerful work..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.103) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "There's a brilliant ego-free empathy between the musicians that recalls electric Miles and Sun Ra's Arkestra."0.2879286

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JazzTimes (p.121) - "Reid and crew hunker down into a series of rocksteady grooves that sometimes reach toward early-'70s Miles and at other times early Santana..."Harp (magazine) (p.116) - "Reid & Co. evoke an esoteric, circular take on Afrobeat; by taking it back to Africa -- and bringing a laptop with them..."Record Collector (magazine) (p.90) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Though this snappy record is essentially jazz-rock by way of African funk, Hebden's inspired electronica additions really take DAXAAR off into Sun Ra-flecked space."0.2879286

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The Wire (p.60) - "FRAGEN was made by observing two rules: a strict reliance on improvisation and a palette comprising purely analogue synths."Mojo (Publisher) (p.101) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "FRAGEN weaves the familiar Eno-inspiring, tech-orchestral ambient textures, plus intense, Sun Ra-ish lunar improv sequences."Uncut (magazine) (p.97) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]heir rapport resounds through a brief, beguiling sequence of seven ambient sketches, all eked out from analogue keyboards and rich with the kind of improvisation that isn't trying too hard."0.2879286

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Q (Magazine) (p.96) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Beal remains attention-grabbing throughout; he growls fast-paced poetry over noisy riffs on 'Swing On Low'..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.83) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Beal's vocals shift from Screamin' Jay Hawkins wails to the lo-fi R&B melancholy of Cody Chesnutt, while his clattering snaketimes rhythms summon up the ghosts of Moondog and Sun RA, taking things to another level entirely."0.2879286

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The Wire (p.66) - "[T]he singles here with The Red Saunders Orchestra, one of Ra's paymasters, yield cosmic tones from celeste, reverbed piano and soaring falsetto. You can hear a piano, surely Ra, rolling with benevolent anarchy beneath."Mojo (Publisher) (p.107) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[W]ith rare and unreleased music, original interview clips and narration. A brilliant labour of love..."0.2535156

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JazzTimes (9/99, p.87) - "...one of the year's more heartening events....[AFTERNOON] features Ragin leading a well-matched quartet....establishes an inviting straight-up feel..."0.2278936

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Down Beat (4/95, p.35) - 4 Stars - Very Good - "...Cartoon music for the 90's....the writing reflects the band's influences: early fusion, rock & roll, Mingus, probably Sun Ra, to name a few....FRIDAY AFTERNOON IN THE UNIVERSE somehow confirms the band's place in this strange world of jazz..."Option (5-6/95, p.116) - "...equal parts bebop, blues, avant-garde and hip-hop--and always as soulful as hell..."Musician (4/95, p.70) - "...quick-footed and lithe. The evocative melodies soar close, at times, to the simple charm of Nino Rota....Russian folk melodies,...the chase scene to an Italian spy flick, even some early Allman Brothers-inspired fat-back corrugate the most creative rhythmic jamming this side of Herbie Hancock's Headhunters..."Mojo (Publisher) (7/95, p.119) - "remarkable avant-hip hop organ/bass/drums trio Medski, Martin & Wood...[demonstrate] freaky funk, free interludes, amazing group chemistry and chops that slacken the jaw, this could be the hippest music in the universe."0.2159465

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Rolling Stone (p.72) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "On BLACK RADIO, pianist Robert Glasper heads down the fraught path of hip-hop jazz and gets it right. The 'experiment' spirit pervades the entire album, informing everything from song structures to production."Magnet (p.58) - "[S]eamlessly merging historical and contemporary black musics -- jazz, hip hop, soul, fusion-era Miles Davis and the outer regions of Sun Ra's Afro-Futurism -- into one united radio program."Billboard (p.60) - "[T]he keyboardist/producer/songwriter/bandleader knows no boundaries, deftly incorporating hip-hop, R&B and rock in to a fresh sound that never comes off as trite or forced."Q (Magazine) (p.108) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Erykah Badu covers Coltrane, Lalah Hathaway takes on Sade, Bowie's 'Letter To Hermione' becomes a rolling jazz samba..."Uncut (magazine) (p.84) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Glasper covers Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'. It's an ingenious arrangement, featuring juddering, minimal percussion, spare piano chords and vocoders that soar to the edge of the studiosphere..."0.2159465

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Rolling Stone (p.72) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "On BLACK RADIO, pianist Robert Glasper heads down the fraught path of hip-hop jazz and gets it right. The 'experiment' spirit pervades the entire album, informing everything from song structures to production."Magnet (p.58) - "[S]eamlessly merging historical and contemporary black musics -- jazz, hip hop, soul, fusion-era Miles Davis and the outer regions of Sun Ra's Afro-Futurism -- into one united radio program."Billboard (p.60) - "[T]he keyboardist/producer/songwriter/bandleader knows no boundaries, deftly incorporating hip-hop, R&B and rock in to a fresh sound that never comes off as trite or forced."Q (Magazine) (p.108) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Erykah Badu covers Coltrane, Lalah Hathaway takes on Sade, Bowie's 'Letter To Hermione' becomes a rolling jazz samba..."Uncut (magazine) (p.84) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Glasper covers Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'. It's an ingenious arrangement, featuring juddering, minimal percussion, spare piano chords and vocoders that soar to the edge of the studiosphere..."0.2159465

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Mojo (Publisher) (p.100) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "It's all held together by Tom Barman's quicksilver croon and lyrical existentialism, a rare blend of the abstract and affecting."0.1823149

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Entertainment Weekly (12/8/95, p.71) - "...they've carved out a loose-limbed niche reliant on smarts and allure rather than attitude and mindless menace. A follow-up that strikes a satisfying balance: playful but not goofy; benign but not ineffectual." - Rating: B+Vibe (12/95-1/96, p.151) - "...a booming...disc reminiscent of early-career Sly & The Family Stone, mid Stevie Wonder, and late Sun Ra. Unafraid of swimming in lyrical streams of consciousness or sailing on the seas of the '70s....they stomp right on through in big tie-dyed boots."Option (3-4/96, p.117) - "...finds the clown princes of rap succumbing to outside pressure, diluting their manic energy with generic beats and far-too-earnest proselyting..."Melody Maker (4/20/96, p.38) - Recommended - "...Me, I'll just marvel at the intricate syllable-gymnastics....Or just slip it in the Discman and forget where the f*** I am..."Musician (1/96, pp.91-92) - "...clever, funny, sometimes downright gorgeous....owes more to the Roots' elastic jazz grooves than it does to the dense, carnivalesque feel of BIZARRE or...glossy G-funk....their word play and in-jokes carry serious messages: personal responsibility, the value of watching your back..."Rap Pages (12/95, p.27) - 8 (out of 10) - "...The Pharcyde are sharing more of themselves, but delivering revelations in...straightforward musical packages....they're actually saying something that means something..."NME (Magazine) (4/20/96, p.48) - 6 (out of 10) - "...gorgeous, soulful harmonies [with]...sublime lyrical delivery...compensating for the absence of youthful exuberance..."0.1799554

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Down Beat (10/96, p.54) - 3.5 Stars - Good/Very Good - "...Even with its shifts in personnel over the years, E/O, as demo'd on this package, has consistently approached its music with a jovial attitude, a healthy sense of humor and utmost respect for the jazz tradition. In the end, that's what makes this album so appealing."JazzTimes (9/96, p.101) - "...In the case of this band, blessed with an embarrassment of creative energy, outtakes are better than leftovers....the range of moods and attitudes tells the tale of this admirable fringe group..."Option (9-10/96, p.105) - "...How do any 10 guys cover this much ground? They snatch a bit of turf from New Orleans and slip it under the Knitting Factory's door...cover John Lennon one minute, John Tchical the next..."Musician (10/96, p.84) - "...Either/Orchestra has become the most resourceful big band we've got. Flying through the omniverse, with a bird's-eye view of jazz strata and a pop fan's notion of amusement, this group has made a career out of spotting dualities between the novel and the momentous..."0.1595255

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