Sun Ra Arkestra
Sun Ra Arkestra.
I felt like I heard the entire history of Jazz in one night. Swing, be-bop, free improvisation, standards. I counted fourteen members in all dressed in outfits that looked something like the costume department had made them for a 50s sci-fi B-movie, lots of sequins and colour. Some of the members are old, very old. Marshall Allen, who directs the band is now ninety, Sun Ra died in 1993.
I'm not able to describe the music easily, hardly any tunes were introduced, and really I don't want to go into depth here, except to say that it was a really great night. Robin has written a piece about them on his blog (however, the clip he uses is not from the night we went to) if you wish to take a look here