Sun Ra Arkestra's Marshall Allen

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Marshall Allen is the third man to helm the Sun Ra Arkestra. The alto saxophonist joined the group in 1958 and led its reed section for over 40 years. An avant-garde multi-instrumentalist, Allen is also known as a pioneer for fusing jazz with traditional African sounds, working with Babatunde Olatunji to introduce the kora to Western ears. In this episode of Couch Wisdom recorded at the 2016 Red Bull Music Academy in Montréal, Allen was joined by Danny Ray Thompson, a bassoon player and saxophonist who joined the Arkestra in the mid-’60s, managed Sun Ra for 10 years and handled production of the El Saturn recordings. Together, the pair recall their career with one of music's greatest visionaries, from the rehearsals to his humor and philosophies.

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