Sun Ra, a.k.a. Herman Poole "Sonny" Blount (1914-1993), has been hailed as "one of the great big-band leaders, pianists, and surrealists of jazz" "(New York Times)" and as "the missing link between Duke Ellington and Public Enemy" "(Rolling Stone)." Composer, keyboardist, bandleader, philosopher, poet, and self-proclaimed extraterrestrial from Saturn, Sun Ra led his "Intergalactic Arkestra" of thirty-plus musicians in a career that ranged from boogie-woogie and swing to be-bop, free jazz, fusion, and New Age music. This definitive biography reveals the life, philosophy, and musical growth of one of the twentieth century's greatest avant-garde musicians.
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 22nd August 1998
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3 x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.69