Sun Ra, Fate In A Pleasant Mood / When Sun Comes Out

Michael Shore

By Michael Shore

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Fate In A Pleasant Mood / When Sun Comes Out

Sun Ra

The late-Chicago-era Fate debuted two of Ra's loveliest tunes: the title track and "Lights on a Satellite." Now a septet, the band gracefully negotiates mysterious, sultry arrangements; in "Ankhnaton," the horns feint in odd-angle syncopation over finger-popping swing before left-turning into a remarkable mallets-on-toms Afro-tribal bridge. By When Sun Comes Out, Ra had moved to New York with Gilmore, alto sax demon Marshall Allen (here on snake-charming oboe) and rock-solid bassist Ronnie Boykins. Along with Allen's evil alto twin Danny Davis and baritone sax wiz Pat Patrick, they're more aggressively adventurous, but When is most dramatically different from the Chicago date in its feel: Fate is lush and mean — dark, harsh, and brooding — where its counterpart is warm and inviting.