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Filmmaker Robert Mugge profiles Sun Ra, jazz musician, bandleader and self-styled poet and philosopher.
“They say that history repeats itself. But history is only his story. You haven’t heard my story yet.” – Sun Ra
One of Time Out London’s 50 Greatest Music Films Ever, Robert Mugge’s A Joyful Noise is an extraordinary up-close and personal look into the music and philosophy of cosmic jazz legend Sun Ra. The hour-long documentary features extensive interviews, rehearsal footage, and performances from Sun Ra and his Arkestra in Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and Baltimore.
Sun Ra compositions featured in the film include “Astro Black,” “Along Came Ra,” “We Travel the Spaceways,” and “Requiem for Trevor Johnson (Discipline 27).” The film also includes possibly the best rendition of Thelonius Monk’s “Round Midnight” that we’ve ever heard…