Solar Flare: Sun Ra riffs the blues Kansas City Style

If jazz is happiness, as Sun Ra contends, then the blues is a vehicle for transformation—the pathway to rise above the unenlightened savagery of the terrestrial sphere. Sun Ra jumps the blues Kansas City style as influenced by their many gigs at rib joints, lofts, dance halls and theaters in the Midwest in the 1980s. With commentary by Chuck Haddix, author of “Kansas City Jazz: From Ragtime to Bebop.”

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