Sun Ra

Sun Ra

A Joyful Noise

DVD - 2015
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This documentary portrait of jazz visionary Sun Ra and his Arkestra was shot over two years, 1978-1980, at various locations in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, DC. Songs performed include such classics as Astro Black, Mister Mystery, We travel the spaceways, Along came Ra/The living myth, Spaceship Earth (destination unknown), Requiem for Trevor Johnson, and many more.
Publisher: Pottstown, PA : MVD Visual, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
Branch Call Number: DVD 781.65092 Su716 2015
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (60 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
video file,DVD video,all regions,rda
Alternative Title: Joyful noise


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Nov 08, 2017

Sun Ra accepted his, as a performer, contrarian stature, but as "Make A Joyful Noise", he really meant it by playing and leading the Arkestra like a rag-tag but aesthetically restrainedly explosive symphony. During the film he cites Thelonious Monk and others of like mind as practitioners, if not the "leaders" ;that's impossible anyway when he points out that we essentially just dwell here on Earth for a little while, but then get periodically kicked off the common measure of the way to more typically behave. Anyway, Sun Ra turned all of this into playing and he did it as a mission, and that mission was to make it all actually Music, which it all is anyway. "Make a joyful Noise" is an interesting, thought-provoking, and humorous (both self-deprecating and the other kind at the same time) and they did it- Sun Ra and the Arkestra are disciplined innovators of spontaneously original and accessibly raw, but at the same time, highly cultured music. 4 stars of 5 max, and definitely worthy.


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