WE'RE ASKING SOME BIG QUESTIONS in the next MOJO: which recordings in the immense discography of sui generis bandleader Sun Ra and his Arkestra do you need to hear? It’s a grand undertaking. Listeners can get lost in his huge, interstellar output, where Big Band sounds, free jazz, electronics and more travel through an ancient-to-the-future, Egyptological sci-fi filter to end up… where, exactly?
So where should the beginner head? Early works like 1959’s transitional Jazz In Silhouette, or 1965’s freed-up The Heliocentric Worlds Of Sun Ra? 1973’s accessible Space Is The Place, or 1978’s dreamy Lanquidity, maybe followed up by 1982’s uneasy listening favourite Nuclear War?