Released for the first time on vinyl exclusively for Record Store Day 2018, Sun Ra’s Standards will finally be available everywhere on black vinyl beginning August 16th. The album showcases Ra’s grounding in the jazz tradition, with unique takes on standards like “Time After Time,” “Easy to Love,” and “But Not for Me,” and is a great place to start for uninitiated listeners looking to dive into Sun Ra’s catalog.
Not unordinary for the extraordinary, outlandish, and sometimes controversial pianist, the recording process for the record was exceptionally informal. “Can This Be Love?” was recorded in his Chicago apartment in 1955; he is accompanied only by the great Wilbur Ware on bass. The other five tracks, which feature, among others, Ra’s longtime associate John Gilmore on tenor saxophone, were recorded at the Choreographer’s Workshop rehearsal space in 1962 and 1963.
Pre-order your copy of Standards from our online store, or be on the look out for a copy at your favorite local record store starting August 16th.