70 Years of Berliner Festspiele

Sun Ra Allstars

Concert as part of Berliner Jazztage 1983
Philharmonie, 29.10.1983

If you wanted to experience Sun Ra in the 80s, you had to do it live. Although he was more productive than almost any other jazz musician, until the 1990s his recordings were only released on small record labels. His live performance at the Berliner Jazztage in 1983 is testimony to the musical curiosity of Sun Ra and his Allstar Ensemble.

Sun Ra in a dark room. He holds his arms up and wears a glittery golden costume consisting of cape and headpiece. In the foreground of the image the back views of seated people can be seen who wear similar headpieces and make music.

Sun Ra Allstars, Jazzfest Berlin 1983. Film, 54'24", colour, sound. Film still

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  • 54 min

Wrapped in glittering garments – something between science fiction, psychedelic and ancient Egypt – his ensembles spun out their very own spiritual and mysterious free jazz landscapes, which still show 40 years later how humour, skill and musical experimentation can unite with relish. Live from the Berlin Philharmonie with his all-star big band: including trumpeter Don Cherry, drummer Philly Joe Jones, saxophonist Archie Shepp and Sun Ra himself on piano.

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Keyboard Sun Ra
Trumpet Lester Bowie
Trumpet Don Cherry
Tenor saxophone, flute John Gilmore
Alto saxophone Marshall Allen
Tenor saxophone Archie Shepp
Bass Richard Davis
Drums Clifford Jarvis
Drums Philly Joe Jones
Drums, percussion Famoudou Don Moye

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