Today is my last official day of Sweet FA. Of course, doing jack all yesterday means that we have shopping and errands to attend with before we pick up HRH this afternoon so, yeah, I’m getting this sole core workout (Day 60) accomplished to more jazz weirdness and ‘The Nubians of Plutonia‘ album by Sun Ra.
‘The Nubians of Plutonia’ is an album recorded by Sun Ra and his Myth Science Arkestra c.1958 – 1959 and released c.1966 on his own Saturn label. Originally released in a blank sleeve under the title ‘The Lady With The Golden Stockings‘, the album had gained its current title, and sleeve by Richard Pedreguera, by 1969. In common with most releases by Sun Ra at the time, the record was printed in extremely limited numbers and primarily available at concerts and mail-order.
This obviously is a re-release of that album from 2014 put on Poppydisc Records.
In the late ’50s, Sun Ra emerged from big band to modern/progressive big band status, began to employ electronics, and used a more Afro-Centric percussive focus. This recording perfecly demonstrates those qualities, and more. There are several definitive themes from The Arkestra included, such as ‘Plutonian Nights‘, ‘Nubia‘, ‘Africa‘, ‘Watusa’ and ‘Aethiopia‘.
It was originally set to tape in the late ’50s, and sees the band slowly employing electronics and Afrocentric modes of percussion as they fall away from their big-band roots. ‘Bad and Beautiful‘ was recorded in 1961, shortly after members of the Arkestra left their home plot of Chicago for New York City, stripping down the membership to just six players. The album still finds the band playing standards, but hints at the spectral territory they would soon branch off into with more daring percussion choices and interestingly spacious dynamics.It’s the infinite weirdness of ‘Space Is the Place‘, but it certainly hints at that direction.
Okay, on with the day…