Sun Ra: The Order of the Pharaonic Jesters
The Order of the Pharaonic Jesters
Sun Ra & His Arkestra
Sun Ra & His Arkestra • Greatest Hits – Easy Listening for Intergalactic Travel (Evidence ECD 22219-2)
Sun Ra (organ, synthesizer, Rocksichord),
Ronnie Boykins (bass), Harry Richards (drums), Derek Morris (conga).
Composed by Sun Ra.
Recorded: New York, 1973
Rating: 69/100 (learn more)
After World War II, pianist Sonny Blount moved from Alabama to Chicago, where he pursued Egyptology, which had captivated him since childhood. Identifying with the sun-god Ra of Heliopolis (well, why not aim high?), Sonny changed his name to Sun Ra. His music, however, remained surprisingly devoid of Arabic influence. Instead of the distinctive Arabian scales, rhythms or instruments that evolved from ancient times, Sun Ra dishes out cheesy electric organ to inept accompaniment. If teenagers played this in your garage, you'd swear they have no talent, and you'd be right. These "Pharaonic Jesters" ought to be called "Moronic Gestures."
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz