24 March 2006
SUN RA - SLEEPING BEAUTY
One of the most soulful Sun Ra albums -- very much on the Lanquidity tip, and done with a great mix of electric and acoustic instrumentation. The vibe here is really mellow, spiritual, and warm -- and the album actually feels more like a session recorded for the Strata East label than it does for Saturn! Keyboards pervade the session -- electric piano and organ drifting around in moody, laidback lines -- augmented by occasional vibes, bits of guitar, and some wonderfully well-blown sax solo work by Marshall Allen and John Gilmore! The title track "Sleeping Beauty" runs for all of side two of the album -- and it's an amazing number that mixes instrumental passages with some great mellow vocals. "Door Of The Cosmos" is a bit of a groover, that gets funky at times -- and the album also features the laidback spacey number "Springtime".