Sun Ra – Singles – The Definitive 45s Collection album review
Sifting the stardust from the cosmic debris of the jazzer’s prolific oeuvre
Herman Blount realised there were an awful lot of jazz pianists in early 50s Chicago who’d never been teleported to Saturn. Growing up in Alabama, prodigious Herman voraciously self-educated at the city’s Black Masonic Lodge and, combining arcane esoterica, ‘secret’ history and mysticism (as musicians will) renounced his past, adopted the name Sun Ra and set about taking Chicago by storm. And somewhere along the way had apparently popped up to Saturn for a little light reprogramming. Which was convenient.