sounds from the dawn of the Sun Ra Arkestra. "El is A Sound of Joy"
was recorded in 1956 and appeared the following year on the very first Saturn
LP, Super-Sonic Jazz. Incredible is the fact that saxophonist
Charles Davis, here providing the soulful baritone anchor line (counterpoint to
Ra's formidable left hand), remains in the front-line of today's Sun Ra Arkestra
directed by Marshall Allen. Shuffle swing breakdown jets leisurely, casually,
masterfully, painting lush, post-modern impressions of ancient future worlds,
of space, of time � of Chicago's elevated trains � Reaching for the sky,
for Joy �. The �Joy� coda dovetails magically into the intro theme of
"Black Sky And Blue Moon," before downshifting into another dimension
of romantic outrospection. We follow The Nu Sounds, aka Cosmic Rays, on a
faraway journey to the land of late-50s Chicago singing groups, the Arkestra
supporting with quiet grace, pulsing in Nubians of Plutonia mode.
An uncanny blend of antique blackness and bright satellites, ethereal voices
perfectly in tune; thanks to Ra's disciplined coaching (plus Modern Harmonic's
expert re-mastering), their sweet dynamics and exact harmonics are crystal
clear. Flute solo from Marshall Allen. Hearts swelling like the full moon,
ripening in the darkness to the point of bursting.