Mick Houghton Remembers Sun Ra

Source: The Quietus.

Sun Ra claimed to be an angel from the planet Saturn and this strange allegation has overshadowed the fact that he’s one of the most important figures in jazz. He’s had an increasingly potent influence across many other genres since his death in 1993. Perhaps the world is catching up with the man who since the late 50s usually led a big band, most commonly known as the Arkestra. When you suddenly find yourself working with somebody regarded as one of the greats, you have to pay due respect. Some of Sun Ra’s music left me cold, most of what I’d read or heard about him left me awestruck.