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Gilles Peterson // BBC 6 Music // Sun Ra Special

June 23, 2014

Gilles celebrates the iconic bandleader and composer Sun Ra, with some live tracks recorded especially for the BBC.

Sun Ra would have been 100 years old this May. He had a hugely prolific career and was seen as one of the most controversial jazz musicians of all time. His cosmic philosophies and eclectic style made him a pioneer of Afrofuterism and his music and philosophies still continue to influence a whole raft of today’s musicians.

From the mid-1950s to his death in 1993, Sun Ra led The Arkestra; an ensemble with an ever-changing name and flexible line-up where certain core members remained with the group through its various incarnations. The Arkestra is now under the directorship of 90 year-old Marshall Allen.

As part of a collection of programmes across the BBC celebrating Sun Ra, Gilles dedicates an hour to some of his favourite Sun Ra choices and artists who were influenced by the great man. There is also the opportunity to hear a couple of live tracks, which were recorded especially for the BBC by his influential collective, The Arkestra. You will be able to hear the full live session on BBC Radio 3′s Jazz on 3 on 30th June.

Listen Here


Sun Ra & His Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra – World Of The Myth (Saturn)
Sun Ra & His Arkestra – We Travel The Spaceways (Live in Montreux) (Inner City)
Sun Ra – Janus (1973) (Saturn)
Sun Ra & His Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra – Space Is The Place (Off The Album Space Is The Place) (Blue Thumb Records)
Sun Ra – Astro Black (From the album Astro Black) (Implulse)
Fleas On Skis – Happyness
Sun Ra & His Arkestra – Spontaneous Simplicity (From the album Pictures of Infinity) (Black Lion)
Floating Points – Montparnasse

The Cosmic Rays with Sun Ra & His Orchestra – Dreaming (Jazzman)
Salah Ragab & The Sun Ra Arkestra – Oriental Mood (Praxis)
Quasimoto – Jazz Cats Part 1
Sun Ra Arkestra – Love On A Far Away Planet (Black Saint)
Airhead – Hundred Years
Sun Ra – Nuclear War
Jamie xx – All Under One Roof Raving
Sun Ra – Enlightment (Shandar)
LXURY – Playground (Greco Roman)

The Arkestra – Sunrise In Outer Space
Sleeping Beauty
Eugene McDaniels – Jagger The Dagger

Roberta Flack – Compared To What (Atlantic)
Sun Ra – Sun Song
Innerzone Orchestra – Bug In The Bassbin
Kroushik – 2much4tender
The Stepkids – The Slap

Kode9 – Lies Lies feat Copeland (Hyperdub)
Sun Ra – Spontaneous Simplicity (From the album Live In Paris as the Gibus)
Matthew Herbert – Manny
Dave Aju – Nobody Knows
Sun Ra & The Infinity Arkestra – Neptune (From The album Disipline Twenty Seven) (Saturn)
Matthew Herbert – One Two Three

Sun Ra – When There Is No Sun (From the album New Steps) (Horo)
Oliver Wilde – Perrett’s Brook (Barnaby Carter Remix)
Sun Ra – The Soul Vibrations of Man (From the album The Soul Vibrations of Man) (Saturn)
My Dry White Mess – Nailed Scale
The Sun Ra Arkestra – Live At Praxis Part 3 (From the album Live At Praxis 1984) (Praxis)
Marvin Gaye – Got To Give It Up (Motown)
Leon Vynehall – Time (!k7)
Sun Ra – Infinity of the Universe (From the album Art Forms of Dimentions Tomorrow) (Saturn)
Africa Hitech – Light The Way
Morgan Zarate – Sticks & Stones feat Eska and Ghostface Killa
Sun Ra & His Arkestra – On Jupiter (Saturn)

The Horace Silver Quartet – Sayanora Blues (Blue Note)
Sun Ra – Love In Outerspace
Sun Ra – Angles and Demons
Sun Ra – India