Embark with the Arkestra
From the mind of producer/arranger/composer Ed Bland comes The Cry of Jazz, an unclassifiable, partially-scripted film that examines race relations and jazz in 1950s America. Finished in 1958 and released the following year, Cry is “the first hip-hop film,” according to Bland.
Notable, too, is the inclusion in Cry of music and film from Sun Ra’s Chicago days (1945-1961). Shot between 1956 and 1958, this is the only known footage of Ra and the Arkestra from that period. The band at this time featured saxophonists John Gilmore and Marshall Allen, trombonist Julian Priester, and bassist Ronnie Boykins.
Read up on Sun Ra in Wax Poetics Issue 6 (if you can find it!).
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