A Different Nature playlist for 02/03/2014
BlaCK MUsiC FRom oUTeR SPacE-- via Saturn, Chicago, Egypt, etc.
In honor of KELAN PHILIP COHRAN's first ever Portland appearance this week, we present not only his own music and that of his ARTISTIC HERITAGE ENSEMBLE ('67-'68), but also the music of SUN RA'S ARKESTRA during their Chicago years of the late 1950s til 1961 (which featured COHRAN) and later years, too. When Sun Ra took his band/commune out of Chicago, eventually settling in Philadelphia til Ra's death in '93, Cohran decided not to continue living with and playing with SUN RA. Luckily for Chicago (and for creative musicians everywhere!), Cohran stayed to help foster and support new creative black musicians by helping to found the AACM (the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians), which has garnered so many amazing members from its genesis in 1965 until today.
(look at http://aacmchicago.org/aacmmembers)
first, we ventured through the spacier of Sun Ra's later music, and eventually worked our way back to the band that featured not only Phil Cohran's trumpet, but his invented instruments he brought to the band---the "Frankiphone" aka the "Space Harp", ukelin zither)- Sun Ra's early pre-ESP records, Angels and Demons at Play, Fate in A Pleasant Mood, and some rare 1960 recording we found in our own KBOO library that we never even found in our research. (thank you DJ WHAT th!)
ROCKET N0. 9 take off for the planet VENUS - SUN RA & his Myth-Science Arkestra from INTERSTELLAR LOW WAYS, 1960- on Saturn (later Evidence)
HELIOCENTRIC - from Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra, vol 1 (1965) - on ESPdisk
the universe sent me - SUN RA from the Norton LP Space Poetry vol 2
OUTER NOTHINGNESS - Sun Ra & his Astro Inter-Galactic Infinity Arkestra from the LP HORIZON. recorded live in Egypt, 71
BLACK HOLES IN SPACE and A BETTER WORLD from the Norton LP. Outer Darkness
excerpt from the Invisible Shield LP
DEEP PURPLE - SUN RA and Stuff Smith, a duet recorded in Sun Ra's Chicago apartment, with Sun Ra on a solovox, prob '58!)
unamed tune recorded live in Berlin in 1983 --SUN RA's Arkestra with DON CHERRY, LESTER BOWIE, PHILLY JO JONES, FAMADOU DON MOYE, ARCHIE SHEPP, CLIFFORD JARVIS AND RICHARD DAVIS (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
Lights of a Satellite - from the SUN RA & his Myth-Science Arkestra's 1960 Saturn (later on Evidence) LP, Fate in A Pleasant Mood
Music From The World Tomorrow, and Angels & Demons At Play - both from the 1960 Saturn LP Angels and Demons at Play
MAJESTIC I from MUSIC FROM TOMORROW'S WORLD. a newly released ('02?) rare 1960 session of the Arkestra in Chicago, with Phil Cohran on cornet. on ATAVISTIC records
A CALL FOR ALL DEMONS - from what has been called the first Sun Ra album, "Jazz by Sun Ra", recorded in 1956 and released in 1957 by Tom Wilson's label at the time, called Transition Records, later bought by the Delmark Records guy, Bob Koester, who reissued it in 1967.
This sort of melts into the 1968 recording of PHILIP COHRAN'S Artistic Heritage Ensemble, sometimes called "On The Beach" as it was documents the sessions that took place on Lakeshore Drive in Chicago. This long, long, hypnotic track is called Motherhood and we are trying to imagine what it was like to have been there...it sounds like a pretty small crowd, though Cohran says once the word got out of what was happening there on the beach of Lake Michigan, the crowds swelled into the hundreds.
We closed with Creation of The Beast from Philip Cohran and the Artistic Heritage Ensemble's LP Armageddon.
into SUN RA speaking about the sub-dwellers. From the Norton (NAWTON!!) LP Sub Dwellers, and finally-
RUIZ vs. FMG from the ultra-weird record, COMIC BOOK HEROES.
WE HOPE YOU ENJOYED THIS SHOW EVEN HALF AS MUCH AS WE DID PRESENTING IT. it may even have changed us in unimaginable ways...