Sun Ra and his Myth Science Arkestra – Rocket Number Nine Take Off For The Planet Venus (1960)

Rocket Number Nine Take Off For The Planet Venus  is from the album Interstellar Low Ways by Sun Ra. The album is known particularly for the two songs featuring space chants – Interplanetary Music and Rocket Number Nine Take off for the Planet Venus – that would stay in the Arkestra’s repertoire for many years. The album is recorded in Chicago, around 1960. Originally issued in 1965. Reissued in 2002.

Rocket Number Nine points toward the music that the Arkestra would be playing on the lower East Side of New York City. The tenor sax solo isn’t the work of John Coltrane in 1962, but of John Gilmore in 1960. And not even Ornette Coleman’s bassists were playing like Ronnie Boykins at this date.’ Robert Campbell  [source]

Sun Ra – Piano
Phil Cohan – Cornet
Nate Pryor – Trombone
Marshall Allen – Alto Sax, Flute, Bells
John Gillmore – Tenor Sax
Ronnie Boykins – Bass, Spacegong
Jon Hardy – Drums, percussion, gong
Ensamble Vocals

[Dedicated Ronnie Rocket, with all the best wishes for the future; Happy Birthdays]

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