Strut follow up their hugely successful Marshall Allen-curated ‚In The Orbit Of Ra compilation with a newly curated set from the immense 125 LP back catalogue of jazz maverick, DIY philosopher and self-professed member of an angel race, Sun Ra. ‚To Those Of Earth... And Other Worlds is a hand- picked selection from BBC 6Music DJ Gilles Peterson, long-time champion of Ras music and the UKs leading tastemaker for jazz-based sounds. It serves as perhaps the best introduction yet to the music of Sun Ra for a whole new generation of converts.
Sun Ra was a one-off in the annals of jazz. As author Robert L. Campbell describes, He claimed to be the last of the swing band leaders, yet dosed classic songs with LSD. He wrote poetry about the coming space age and claimed to be a citizen of Saturn. He dressed himself and his band in gold- lame and lectured on the Creator s message to the cruel and deceitful Earthman. He named himself after an Egyptian God. Was this guy for real? Sun Ra was very much for real.