This recording brings together two core members of the Sun Ra Arkestra, its leader, saxophonist Marshall Allen as well as saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist Danny Ray Thompson together with rising piano and keyboard stars Jamie Saft, bassist Trevor Dunn, drummer Balázs Pándi.
Recorded at the Potterville International Sound studio in NY State over three days in 2016, Ceremonial Healing features the late Trombonist Roswell Rudd in one of his very last recorded appearances.
These recordings, a psychedelic three day free improvisation (one per day per disc) are tribute to the boundless power and legacy of the Sun Ra Arkestra achieved through the lens of an intergenerational collective improvisation and skill transfer.
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Marshall Allen : alto saxophone, EWI Danny Ray Thompson : baritone saxophone, percussion Jamie Saft : Fender Rhodes, synthesisers, organs, Mellotron Trevor Dunn : acoustic bass Balázs Pándi : drums
Side A 1. Loa 2. Spells
Side B 1. Calumet
Side C 1. Sacred Authority 2. The Summoning
Side D 1. Honoring the Healing Spirits
Side E 1. Inhale 2. Rapid Transformation
Side F 1. Goma 2. Amulet
All compositions by Marshall Allen, Danny Ray Thompson, Jamie Saft, Trevor Dunn, Balazs Pandi except “The Summoning,” “Honoring the Healing Spiritis,” and “Rapid Transformation” by Marshall Allen, Danny Ray Thompson, Jamie Saft, Trevor Dunn, Balazs Pandi, and Roswell Rudd. Published by RareNoisePublishing (PRS)
Produced by Jamie Saft and Balazs Pandi Recorded and Mixed by Jamie Saft at Potterville International Sound Mastered by Vin Cin at Electric Plant Studios
All Photos by Jamie Saft Design by Graham Schreiner
Executive Producer for RareNoiseRecords: Giacomo Bruzzo