Sun Ra: Rocket Number Nine Take Off for the Planet Venus
Rocket Number Nine Take Off for the Planet Venus
Sun Ra & His Arkestra
Greatest Hits: Easy Listening for Intergalactic Travel (Evidence ECD 22219-2)
Composed by Sun Ra.
Recorded: Chicago, June 17, 1960
Rating: 59/100 (learn more)
Unskilled, impoverished, equal parts showman, shaman and charlatan, Sun Ra was to jazz what low-budget filmmaker Ed Wood, Jr. was to cinema—an outsider by necessity. Writing about Wood, journalist Gary Morris equally describes Sun Ra: "In fact he had no taste or even 'talent' as that term is generally understood." Just as Wood laced his shoestring Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959) with flying saucers that were actually junkyard hubcaps, "Rocket #9" plunders the musical junkyard of Sun Ra's imagination for an uncontrolled 6-minute flight that crashes in Roswell, New Mexico. No need for a cover-up. Just harmless hokum … as that term is generally understood.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz
Tags: space age jazz