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Sun Ra and His Arkestra: Super-Sonic Jazz (1956)

Super-Sonic Jazz

Track list:

A1 01. India
A2 02. Sunology, Part I
A3 03. Advice to Medics
A4 04. Super Blonde
A5 05. Soft Talk
A6 06. Sunology, Part II

B1 07. Kingdom Of Not
B2 08. Portrait of a Living Sky
B3 09. Blues at Midnight
B4 10. El is a Sound of Joy
B5 11. Springtime in Chicago
B6 12. Medicine for a Nightmare

Personnel:

#A3,A4,A5,B6 (Balkan Studio, Chicago, around March 22, 1956):
Sun Ra – piano, Wurlitzer electric piano, ‘Space gong’
Art Hoyle – trumpet
Julian Priester – trombone
John Gilmore – tenor sax
Laurdine ‘Pat’ Patrick – baritone sax
Wilburn Green – electric bass
Robert Barry – drums
Jim Herndon – tympani, timbali

#B5 (Balkan Studios, Chicago, April 13, 1956):
Sun Ra – piano, Wurlitzer electric piano
Art Hoyle – trumpet
Julian Priester – trombone
James Scales – alto sax
Laurdine ‘Pat’ Patrick – baritone sax
Wilburn Green – electric bass
Robert Barry – drums
John Gilmore – space bells, percussion

#A1,A2,B1,B2,B3,B4 (probably at RCA Victor Studio, Chicago, November 21, 1956):
Sun Ra – piano, Wurlitzer electric piano, ‘space gong’
Art Hoyle – trumpet, percussion
Laurdine ‘Pat’ Patrick – alto sax, percussion
John Gilmore – tenor sax, percussion
Charles Davis – baritone sax, percussion
Victor Sproles – bass
William Cochran – drums
Jim Herndon – tympani, percussion

Released: March, 1957
Label: Saturn Records – LP H7OP-0216
Saturn SR-LP 0216 [1961]
Saturn LP 204 [1967]
Thoth Intergalactic 204 [1970]
Impulse! Records – AS-9271 [1974, re-issue (re-titled as Super-Sonic Sounds)]
Evidence – 22015 [1992, CD (issued as original title)]

Recorded at Balkan Studio and RCA Studios, Chicago; March, April, November, 1956
Mixed at RCA studios, Chicago, February 14, 1957, and released in March with an initial pressing of 500.

Producer: Alton Abraham

Cover illustration (1956): Claude Dangerfield
(keyboard with flames and lightning bolts ad hands playing a conga drum—all printed in red on white)
(A later version of the cover displayed the same art in black on pink-purple)

Cover illustration (1961): Claude Dangerfield (illustration featuring solar and musical symbols)

Super-Sonic Jazz 3 (1961)

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