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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..."80.09244

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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..."79.81107

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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."69.83469

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Spin (1/97, p.82) - 8 (out of 10) - "...too uneven to provide the ideal introduction to Ra's omniverse...it's still a treasure trove of mischief, and an inspiring way of mapping the many rings of wound visited by America's most intrepid astral traveler..."Down Beat (1/97, p.44) - 4.5 Stars - (out of 5) - "Prepare yourself: This is one of the major archival projects of the decade....this excursion into Ra's extensive and virtually unkown work as a producer of seven-inch, 45-rpm singles lets listeners in on several heretofore shrouded zones in his seemingly boundless musical omniverse..."Option (11-12/97, p.132) - "...lots of beautifully bizarre nuggets....offbeat even by Sun Ra standards, this is not the place to start for Sun Ra neophytes. But for hardcore fans, how can you get along without it?"Musician (2/97, p.122) - "...equal parts big band swing, blues, R&B, performance art, black vaudeville, twentieth-century harmony and Afrocentric rythm-n-ning, animated by a folksy vision of the cosmos and a generous dollop of hokum..."60.15674

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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."59.85831

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Rolling Stone (12/21/00, pp.174-5) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...2 '73 LPs shelved during the chaos of his brief association with the Impulse label....CYMBALS is a bluesy smoker....CRYSTAL SPEARS is a big-band fantasia propelled by an army of percussionists and Ra's Afro-space keys..."Alternative Press (3/01, pp.92-4) - 4 out of 5 - "...Fanatics will surely rejoice....With passionate horn and reed soloists and uniquely textured arrangements the Arkestra are in dramatic form..."The Wire (10/00, p.60) - "...Extraordinary....it's music that doesn't sound much like anything else you might have heard..."JazzTimes (12/00, pp.99-100) - "...Decidedly bluesy....Ra's keyboards dominate the program....a reminder that many of Ra's better albums are simply all over th ecosmic lost, mixing concise, riff-based blowing vehicles with freely formed marathon improvisations..."59.85831

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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."0.5627356

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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."0.4923937

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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."0.4923937

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Mojo (Publisher) (5/03, p.116) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...A fascinating two-tenor blowing session from 1957....The greatest delight from this date is the chance to hear the quirkily imaginative Gilmore in a rare setting outside his regular spot with the Sun Ra Arkestra..."0.4220517

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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."0.3517098

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JazzTimes (10/97, p.106) - "A vital and very much underrated percussionist and bandleader....the band is a robust assemblage....there is a feeling of Trane meets Sun Ra at the corner of Murray & Lake on this date as the spirit of those two grand masters are in the air..."Option (11-12/97, p.90) - "...waltzes, African rhythms and prayerful exaltations all brilliantly played. This is great modern jazz, five musicians combining for inspired work."0.3517098

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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..."0.3517098

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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..."j0.3517098

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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..."0.2813678

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Entertainment Weekly (8/14/98, p.81) - "...their latest recording hums with their retro-futurist style, recalling '70s soul-jazz, Sun Ra, and their own arty-party savvy. Keyboardist John Medeski cooks up more of his wondrously strange textures, and his rhythm pals do seductive business..." - Rating: BVibe (6-7/98, p.181) - "...Long after many neofunksters have surrendered the flag and moved on to less demanding territory, MMW continue to find fresh ground in the cosmic slop."0.2813678

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Rolling Stone (3/4/93, p.64) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...opens with the incendiary `Reflections In Blue,' includes `Saturn,' one of the band's most beautiful signature tunes, as well as some more-exotic material recorded in 1958..."Spin (2/93, p.80) - "...this is a double-record disc to dance to. These are songs that have developed over the years and become Sun Ra standards..."Down Beat (5/93, p.36) - 4.5 Stars - Very Good Plus - "...hints at colors yet to come..."Musician (4/93, p.84) - "...typical Ra big-band stuff of the time, occasionally wacky, more often nodding toward the tradition..."0.2813678

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Rolling Stone (3/4/93, p.64) - 5 Stars - Classic - "...The vitality of this group is nothing short of astonishing, and its innovative nature, so radical at the time, now sounds aggressively fresh, even mainstream--a mainstream this outfit helped define..."Spin (2/93, p.78) - "...features a number of Sun Ra's unique vocal numbers mixed with some beautiful slow instrumentals. The great tenor sax of John Gilmore is front and center on this one..."Down Beat (5/93, p.36) - 4 Stars - Very GoodMusician (4/93, p.84) - "...the full-blown colors Ra gets from a mere sextet remain impressive..."0.2813678

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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."0.2813678

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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."0.2813678

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Rolling Stone (3/4/93, p.64) - 3.5 Stars - Very Good - "...Ra's synthesizer work at the dawn of the Seventies on [this album] augered the synth bands that would emerge in the next few years..."Spin (2/93, p.78) - "...joyous...Worth it for Sun Ra's early world on the Minimoog..."Down Beat (5/93, p.37) - 4.5 Stars - Very Good Plus - "...stripped of all conventional references, jazz or otherwise, the music finds a universal groove..."Musician (4/93, p.84) - "...the somewhat more conventional, though always pleasingly eccentric Ra..."0.2813678

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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."0.2813678

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JazzTimes (p.59) - "'Klee's Machine' is a modern bop-rooted swing number with room for funk and free blowing."0.2736132

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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..."0.2536462

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Rolling Stone (6/22/72, p.58) - "...This is music for the astral apocalypse...their sound as well as their message is much closer to Pink Floyd than Black Sabbath, with a little bit of Sun Ra thrown in, even..."-Lester BangsQ (7/96, p.138) - 3 Stars - Good - "...IN SEARCH OF SPACE...held two genuine classics in `You Shouldn't Do That' and `Master Of The Universe'..."Mojo (Publisher) (6/96, p.121) - "...digitally remastered and lovingly repackaged by EMI Premier, [IN SEARCH OF SPACE is] complete with extra tracks and loads of squinty eye memorabilia..."NME (Magazine) (4/27/96, p.51) - "...their own space-metal sound start[s] to emerge and `Master Of The Universe' is one of the greatest cosmic rockers ever..."Uncut (magazine) (p.73) - "The band's second album saw Hawkwind mutate from acoustic Ladbroke Groovers into dystopian sci-fi rockers."0.2461968

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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..."0.228011

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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."0.2110259

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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..."0.2110259

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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..."0.2110259

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