Sounds of Liberation Reunite for Marshall Allen’s 95th Birthday


Laughter echoed through drummer Dwight James’ Mount Airy basement, as it did frequently while the reconvened Sounds of Liberation reminisced and rehearsed. The concert that night when Mills played through bleeding fingers, more than four decades ago, also featured fellow Germantown-based experimentalists the Sun Ra Arkestra. The same bill will share the stage at Union Transfer on Thursday, as the Arkestra celebrates the 95th birthday of its tireless longtime bandleader, alto wizard Marshall Allen.

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