Three volumes of solo Sun Ra piano works released

‘Monorails and Satellites Vols 1, 2 and 3’ is a particularly intimate archival release from the Afrofuturist jazz icon.

Sun Ra may have died more than 20 years ago, but his archives are still turning up gems. Following previously unreleased album Crystal Spears are Monorails and Satellites Vols 1, 2 and 3, three volumes of solo piano works by the maestro himself.

The first two volumes, both recorded in 1966, were initially released on Sun Ra’s Saturn label in the late ’60s. The third volume was discovered posthumously by Michael D Anderson of the Sun Ra Music Archive, and is being released on LP and CD for the first time. All three were released on Cosmic Myth Records last Friday.

Though most of the songs on Monorails and Satellites Vols 1, 2 and 3 are original Sun Ra compositions, there are some standards, like Jerome Kern’s “Yesterdays” and Jimmy McHugh’s “Don’t Blame Me.”

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Hear Monorails and Satellites Vols 1, 2 and 3 below, and head to Bandcamp to purchase the record:

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