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Sun Ra

p, 1914-1993 US, Birmingham, Alabama
Musician / Composer of Jazz
A.k.a. Le Sony'r Ra né Herman Poole Blount

American free-jazz composer, pianist and band leader. Born May 22, 1914 in Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.A., as Herman Poole "Sonny" Blount. On October 20, 1952 he legally changed his name into Le Sony'r Ra. Died May 30, 1993, also in Birmingham, Alabama.

        
Instruments
  • Piano
  • Synthesizer
  • Organ
  • Vocals
  • Keyboards
Genres
  • Jazz
  • Electronic
  • R&B/Soul
  • Rock
  • Spoken Word
Popular Tracks   
Tapestry from an Asteroid on We Travel the Spaceways by Sun Ra
Hour of Parting on Sound Sun Pleasure by Sun Ra
Enlightenment on Sound Sun Pleasure by Sun Ra
When There Is No Sun on New Steps by Sun Ra
Nuclear War on A Fireside Chat with Lucifer by Sun Ra
Space is the Place on The Other Side of the Sun by Sun Ra
Lanquidity - Remastered on Lanquidity by Sun Ra & Sun Ra & His Arkestra
Door To The Cosmos - Mixed on DJ-Kicks [DJ Mix] by Motor City Drum Ensemble
Love in Outer Space - Vocal on The Night of the Purple Moon by Sun Ra
Door Of The Cosmos - Armonica Cosmos Mix on Door Of The Cosmos by Sun Ra & Armonica

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Band Members
Discography



Title Artist Year Type
Monorails & Satellites (Works For Solo Piano Vols. 1, 2, 3)Sun Ra2019Compil.
The Early Albums Collection 1957-1963Sun Ra2018Compil.
Of Abstract DreamsSun Ra2018Album
Plutonian NightsSun Ra / The Sun Ra Arkestra2017Single
ExoticaSun Ra2017Album
Just Outta This World - Rare Tracks 1955-1961Sun Ra2017Compil.
Hello Mr. SchimmelSun Ra2017Single
Singles Volume 2: The Definitive 45s Collection 1962-1991Sun Ra2017Compil.
It's A Good DaySun Ra2017Single
Timeless Classic AlbumsSun Ra2017Album
Sun Rise In Egypt - The Historic Nights & Concerts Of The Arkestra In Cairo, Egypt 1984, Vol. 1Sun Ra & Salah Ragab2017Album
Singles (The Definitive 45's Collection 1952–1991)Sun Ra2016Compil.
In Some Far Place: Roma '77Sun Ra2016Album
Fate In A Pleasant Mood / Bad And BeautifulSun Ra2016Compil.
Nuclear WarSun Ra2016Album
Singles Volume 1: Definitive 45s Collection 1952-1961Sun Ra2016Compil.
To Saturn And Back (The Best Of)Sun Ra2016Compil.
The Saturn Singles Vol. 2 1959-1962Sun Ra2016Compil.
Strange CitySun Ra2016Album
Duke Ellington’s Sound Of SpaceSun Ra2015Album
The Early Singles 1955-1962Sun Ra2015Compil.
Sun Ra (The Complete Remastered Recordings On Black Saint & Soul Note)Sun Ra2014Album
The Futuristic Sounds Of Sun RaSun Ra2014Album
GraffitiSun Ra ✕ Olga Neuwirth . Unsuk Chin — MusikFabrik2014Album
Sun Ra Centennial 1914-2014 - Prophetika Memorial SouvenirSun Ra2014Single
Views Of Saturn Vol.3Machine Drum / Sun Ra2013Album
A Space OdysseySun Ra2013Compil.
The Saturn Singles Vol. 1 1954-1958Sun Ra2013Compil.
Artyard In A BoxSun Ra2012Album
OHM Dedication Series #4Mr Beatnick Presents Sun Ra2012Album
Super-Sonic Jazz / Fate In A Pleasant MoodSun Ra2012Compil.
Four Classic Albums Plus Bonus SinglesSun Ra2012Compil.
Views Of Saturn Vol.2Austin Peralta / Sun Ra2012Album
Jazz SessionSun Ra2011Album
Views Of Saturn Vol.1Ras G / Sun Ra2011Album
Three Classic AlbumsSun Ra2011Compil.
1953-1960 (Sun Ra À Chicago : Les Premiers Rayons)Sun Ra2011Compil.
The Mike Huckaby Reel-To-Reel Edits Vol. 2Sun Ra2011Album
The Eternal Myth Revealed Vol.1Sun Ra2011Compil.
The Mike Huckaby Reel-To-Reel Edits Vol. 1Sun Ra2011Album
The Heliocentric Worlds Of Sun RaSun Ra2010Compil.
The Road To DestinySun Ra2010Album
The World Is Not My HomeSun Ra2010Compil.
Live In RomeSun Ra2010Album
The Shadows Cast By TomorrowSun Ra2010Compil.
Hummin' (Simon S Rework) / Where There Is No Sun (Simon S Rework)Roy Ayers / Sun Ra2010Single
CymbalsSun Ra2010Album
Newport Jazz Festival-The Electric CircusSun Ra2009Album
Live In ClevelandSun Ra2009Album
Medicine For A Nightmare: The SinglesSun Ra2009Compil.
I Am StrangeSun Ra2009Single
Sirius RespectThe Respect Sextet Play The Music Of Sun Ra & Karlheinz Stockhausen2009Album
Untitled RecordingsSun Ra2008Album
The Universe Sent MeSun Ra2008Album
Live At Slug's SaloonSun Ra2008Album
Live At The Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto 1978Sun Ra2008Album
Toward The Stars - Pioneering In 1955-56Sun Ra2007Compil.
Intergalactic ResearchSun Ra2007Album
Dance Of The Living ImageSun Ra2007Album
The Shadows Took ShapeSun Ra2007Album
The Creator Of The UniverseSun Ra2007Album
The Complete ESP'-Disk RecordingsSun Ra2006Album
Sun Ra Research CD TwoSun Ra2006Compil.
Sun Ra TributeSun Ra2005Album
Heliocentric Worlds Vol. 3 (The Lost Tapes)Sun Ra2005Album
Heliocentric Worlds Volumes 1 And 2Sun Ra2005Compil.
Chicago USASun Ra With The Nu Sounds2005Single
Solo Piano / Montreux And LuganoSun Ra / The Sun Ra Arkestra2005Album
Sun Ra Research CD OneSun Ra2004Compil.
Piano Recital - Teatro La Fenice, VeneziaSun Ra2003Album
Sun Ra TributeSun Ra / Suntools / Way-O2003Album
Spaceship LullabySun Ra2003Compil.
Un Mondo EliocentricoSun Ra2002Compil.
Sunset On The Night On The River NileSun Ra2002Album
The Ark And The AnkhSun Ra And Henry Dumas2001Album
StandardsSun Ra2001Compil.
The Great Lost Sun Ra Albums (Cymbals & Crystal Spears)Sun Ra2000Album
JanusSun Ra1999Album
The Big Universe Of Sun RaSun Ra1998Compil.
Calling Planet EarthSun Ra1998Album
Calling Planet EarthSun Ra1998Album
Sun Ra Came Down To The EarthSun Ra1997Compil.
The SinglesSun Ra1996Compil.
Solo PianoSun Ra1996Album
Cosmic VisionsSun Ra1994Single
Where Pathways Meet / Ronco Da CuicaSun Ra / Viva Brasil1994Album
Concert For The Comet KohoutekSun Ra1993Album
Somewhere ElseSun Ra1993Album
A Tribute To Stuff SmithBilly Bang With Sun Ra, John Ore, Andrew Cyrille1993Album
Sun RaSun Ra1992Compil.
A Joyful NoiseSun Ra1991Single
Purple NightSun Ra1990Album
Blue DelightSun Ra1989Album
Hidden Fire (Volume 2)Sun Ra1988Album
Hidden Fire ISun Ra1988Album
John Cage Meets Sun RaJohn Cage & Sun Ra1987Album
Stars That Shine Darkly / HiroshimaSun Ra1985Album
When Spaceships AppearSun Ra1985Album
Outer Reach Intensity-Energy (Stars That Shine Darkly, Vol. 2)Sun Ra1985Album
Just FriendsSun Ra1983Album
Ra To The RescueSun Ra1983Album
Nuclear WarSun Ra1982Single
Shadow WorldSun Ra1981Compil.
Oblique ParallaxSun Ra1981Album
Aurora BorealisSun Ra1981Album
Of Mythic WorldsSun Ra1980Album
Strange Celestial RoadSun Ra1980Album
Days Of HappinessSun Ra1979Album
VisionsWalt Dickerson & Sun Ra1979Album
OmniverseSun Ra1979Album
LanquiditySun Ra1978Album
St. Louis Blues - Solo PianoSun Ra1978Album
Rough House BluesSun Ra1978Single
The Soul Vibrations Of ManSun Ra1977Album
Solo Piano - Volume 1Sun Ra1977Album
CosmosSun Ra1976Album
Sleeping Beauty / The Invisible ShieldSun Ra, The Sun Ra Arkestra1974Album
Monorails And Satellites Volume IISun Ra1974Album
The Antique BlacksSun Ra1974Album
Space Is The PlaceSun Ra1973Album
Astro BlackSun Ra1973Album
The Outerspaceways Inc. / The Invisible ShieldSun Ra1973Album
Live In Paris At The "Gibus"Sun Ra1973Album
Dreams Come TrueSun Ra1973Album
Monorails And SatellitesSun Ra1973Album
Volume 14Sun Ra1972Compil.
Nuits De La Fondation Maeght Volume 2Sun Ra1971Album
Nuits De La Fondation Maeght Volume 1Sun Ra1971Album
A Black MassLeRoi Jones Musical Arrangement Sun Ra1968Album
The Heliocentric Worlds Of Sun Ra, Volume 2Sun Ra1966Album
Nothing Is...Sun Ra1966Album
The Heliocentric Worlds Of Sun Ra, Vol. ISun Ra1965Album
The Futuristic Sounds Of Sun RaSun Ra1962Album
Jazz By Sun Ra Vol. 1Sun Ra1957Album
Sun RaSun Ra1957Single
Sun Rise In Egypt - The Historic Nights & Concerts Of The Arkestra In Cairo, Egypt 1984, Vol. 3Sun Ra & Salah RagabAlbum
Sun Rise In Egypt - The Historic Nights & Concerts Of The Arkestra In Cairo, Egypt 1984, Vol. 2Sun Ra & Salah RagabAlbum
DieswärtsSun Ra & His Intergalactic FriendsCompil.
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