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Sun Ra Arkestra

Band
1952 / Present
United States United States

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Band Sun Ra Arkestra

Overview

History

The Sun Ra Arkestra is the name most commonly used for the current incarnation of Sun Ra's original band, now led by Marshall Allen. Since 1954, Marshall Allen has been the ferocious core of the Arkestra. Under his direction, big band and swing are played to perfection and beyond. A master of both "inside" and "out," Allen steers the Arkestra to realize possibilities of future and past, always extending both, ever in cahoots with the alter-destiny. From “Medicine for a Nightmare” and “El Is a Sound of Joy” to “Astro Black” and “Enlightenment,” Arkestra performances are a ritual experiment.

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Styles

Members

Dale Williams (guitar)
Present
Sun Ra
Present
Wayne Harris
Present
Don Mumford
Present
Danny Davis (alto saxophone)
Present
Jim Herndon
Present
Robert Barry
Present
David Young
Present
Charles Davis
1954 - Present
Marshall Allen
1957 - Present
Vincent Chancey
1975 - Present
Michael Ray
1977 - Present
Elson Nascimento
1986 - Present
Danny Thompson
1966 - 1994, 2001 - Present
Art Jenkins
1959 - 1969, 1987 - 2011
Luqman Ali (drums)
1960 - 2006
Tyrone Hill (trombone)
1978 - 2006
James Jacson (percussion, oboe, flute, bassoon)
1962 - 1996
John Gilmore (tenor saxophone)
1952 - 1994
Earl "Buster" Smith
1985 - 1994
June Tyson
1969 - 1991
Rollo Radford
1981 - 1991
Pat Patrick (baritone saxophone, alto saxophone)
1953 - 1988
Eloe Omoe (oboe, bassoon, bass clarinet)
1969 - 1988
Clifford Jarvis (drums)
1959 - 1982
Richard Williams (bass guitar)
1976 - 1980
Akh Tal Ebah (trumpet)
1968 - 1976
Robert Underwood (percussion, drums)
1971 - 1975
Ronnie Boykins (double bass)
1957 - 1973
Robert Cummings
1962 - 1970
Nimrod Hunt
1965 - 1970
Ali Hassan
1961 - 1967
Lucious Randolph (trumpet)
1956 - 1959
Everett Turner (trumpet)
1957 - 1958
Hatty Randolph
1956 - 1957

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Discography

Studio Album

1957
Album has 3 releases
1962
Album has 2 releases
1964
Album has 2 releases
1965
Album has 4 releases
1966
Album has 2 releases
1966
Album has 2 releases
1967
Album has 2 releases
1967
Album has 2 releases
1968
Album has 3 releases
1969
Album has 4 releases
1969
Album has 2 releases
1970
Album has 2 releases
1972
Album has 2 releases
1977
Album has 4 releases
1978
Album has 3 releases
1978
Album has 2 releases
1981
Album has 4 releases
1983
Album has 2 releases
1986
Album has 3 releases
1998
Album has 2 releases
2017
Album has 1 releases