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Sun Ra

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Sun Ra artist page: interviews, features and/or performances archived at NPR Music

Interviews & Profiles

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October 31, 2007 The pianist and bandleader charted his own adventurous course through the jazz tradition.

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From solo piano to languid big band, straight-up disco to full-on bananas "disco," Sun Ra had a wide 1970s output.

May 31, 2011 Hear the super-wide range of sounds from the Sun Ra Arkestra's third decade of existence.

A Charles Mingus LP gets cozy with a Verdi Imperial Stout.

June 15, 2009 We asked Washington City Paper's "Beerspotter" to pair beers with appropriate jazz records.

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Greatest Hits: Easy Listening for Intergalactic Travel

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  • Album: Greatest Hits: Easy Listening for Intergalactic Travel
  • Artist: Sun Ra & His Arkestra
  • Label: Evidence
 

Lanquidity

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  • Album: Lanquidity
  • Artist: Sun Ra
  • Label: Evidence
  • Released: 1978
 

Space Is the Place [Impulse!]

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  • Album: Space Is the Place [Impulse!]
  • Artist: Sun Ra and His Astro Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra
  • Label: Universal
  • Released: 1972