The back states this album was released in 2009 but I received it for review recently, so here it is. This is the current incarnation of the Sun Ra Arkestra. While Ra is busy traveling the darkest depths of outer space, the Arkestra is under Marshall Allen‘s rule and he’s making sure Ra’s philosphies and music are being pushed into the 21st century, until it’s Allen’s time to travel in the great beyond.
This album was recorded in 2008 while on tour “throuh a minor district of the galaxy called Europe”, and Live At The Paradox (In + Out) shows how these songs are as valid today as they were when they were first recorded by the lord of the sun, Sun Ra. The album also features original compositions by Allen, and when you hear this kind of jazz, it’s as if you’re being involved in a sonic gangbang where every orifice is filled to the rim, and you don’t know whether to run or make the runs. It is very much the past, present, and future of jazz, and there’s no one who makes music quite like this, and it’s a trip, as Ra always intended. There’s no limit.