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Options October 6, 2020: Marshall Allen

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Artist Track Year Comments Images Approx. start time
  It's the Ira the K show!         0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Sun Ra & His Myth Science Arkestra  Interplanetary Music   Options 1967  recorded 1960 
0:03:23 (Pop‑up)

Music behind DJ:
Sun Ra 

Love in Outer Space   Options




0:05:27 (Pop‑up)
James Moody & His Orchestra  Hot House (parts 1 and 2)   Options 1949  w/Marshall Allen 
0:05:51 (Pop‑up)
Hieroglyphic Being & J.I.T.U. Ahn-Sahm-Buhl  Cimetière Des Innocents   Options 2015  w/Marshall Allen 
0:11:42 (Pop‑up)
NRBQ  Yeh Yeh   Options 2020  w/Marshall Allen & Danny Ray Thompson, recorded 2015 (and co-written by the Arkestra's Pat Patrick) 
0:16:47 (Pop‑up)
Dick Griffin  Homage to Sun Ra   Options 2014  w/Marshall Allen & Danny Ray Thompson 
0:21:36 (Pop‑up)

Music behind DJ:
Sun Ra 

Love in Outer Space   Options




0:32:27 (Pop‑up)
  a few words with Marshall Allen         0:32:44 (Pop‑up)
Paul Bley Quintet  And Now the Queen   Options 1965  w/Marshall Allen, Milford Graves, Eddie Gomez, Dewey Johnson 
0:35:57 (Pop‑up)
      I did a lot of research for this show, but some songs were impossible to uncover. 
0:37:45 (Pop‑up)
Marshall Allen Quartet  Well, You Needn't   Options 1998  w/Mark Whitecage, Dominic Duval, Luqman Ali 
0:40:45 (Pop‑up)
Phil Alvin  The Old Man of the Mountain   Options 1986  w/the Sun Ra Arkestra 
0:48:52 (Pop‑up)
Yochannan with Sun Ra and His Arkestra  The Sun Man Speaks   Options 1959 or 60  also known as Yochanan 
0:51:11 (Pop‑up)

Music behind DJ:
Sun Ra 

Love in Outer Space   Options




1:00:56 (Pop‑up)
Sun Ra Arkestra, under the direction of Marshall Allen - Tusk Festival 2020
Marshall Allen - alto saxophone & EVI, James Stewart - tenor saxophone, Knoel Scott - alto & baritone saxophone, Tara Middleton - vocals, Michael Ray - trumpet, Cecil Brooks - trumpet, Vincent Chancey - French horn, Dave Davis - trombone & baritone horn, Tyler Mitchell - bass, Wayne Anthony Smith, Jr. - drums, Dave Hotep - guitar, Elson Nascimento - surdo
Sun Ra Arkestra  Planet Three   Options       0:58:25 (Pop‑up)
Sun Ra Arkestra  Stranger in Paradise   Options       1:01:16 (Pop‑up)
Sun Ra Arkestra  It's After the End of the World   Options       1:09:40 (Pop‑up)
Sun Ra Arkestra  Reflex Motion   Options       1:11:08 (Pop‑up)
Sun Ra Arkestra  Tapestry from an Asteroid   Options       1:18:57 (Pop‑up)
Sun Ra Arkestra  Covid Loneliness / Blue Set   Options       1:25:47 (Pop‑up)
Sun Ra Arkestra  Watch the Sunshine   Options       1:34:30 (Pop‑up)
Sun Ra Arkestra  Hocus Pocus   Options       1:43:39 (Pop‑up)
Sun Ra Arkestra  Images   Options       1:47:49 (Pop‑up)
Sun Ra Arkestra  We'll Wait for You / Enlightenment   Options       1:54:49 (Pop‑up)
Sun Ra Arkestra  Fate in a Pleasant Mood (w/We Travel the Spaceways / Space Is the Place / Celestial Road)   Options       2:00:57 (Pop‑up)

Music behind DJ:
Sun Ra 

Love in Outer Space   Options




2:07:43 (Pop‑up)
Olatunji  Sahara Samba   Options 1964  w/Marshall Allen & Pat Patrick 
2:08:39 (Pop‑up)
David Greenberger  Ken Eglin   Options 2002  w/Marshall Allen, Terry Adams, Tom Ardolino, Dave Gordon, Tyrone Hill, Greg Cohen 
2:13:26 (Pop‑up)
Dave Soldier  Removing Her Ba-Souls Cavern / Ra Dances with Rams   Options 2016  w/Marshall Allen 
2:17:56 (Pop‑up)
Tyrone Hill Quartet  Discipline 27   Options 1998  w/Marshall Allen, Samarai Celestial, Jason Oettel 
2:23:31 (Pop‑up)
Matmos  Mister Mouth   Options 2008  w/Marshall Allen 
2:30:25 (Pop‑up)
Marshall Allen, Danny Ray Thompson, Charles Cohen, Ed Wilcox, Jerry Mayall  live on Brian Turner's show June 4, 2013   Options       2:34:43 (Pop‑up)
Ralph Carney  Marshall Allen Plan   Options 2003  Ralph Carney playing everything. One great saxophone player saluting another. 
2:51:09 (Pop‑up)
Sun Ra & His Outer Space Arkestra  Smile   Options 1984  recorded 1982 
2:52:46 (Pop‑up)
Chuck McCann  outro   Options       2:57:08 (Pop‑up)

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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:40pm Blacktooth:

I am here 22 hours early for the Sun Ra show.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:01pm McGroovey:

I am here an hour early to see if Marshall Allen talks about Eddie Van Halen. I'm not sure how being here an hour early helps to inform me on that question.
  Swag For Life Member 8:37pm Ira:

I'm only here a half hour early. I feel like I'm late. Only going to be a few words from Marshall tonight. And a lot of music.
  8:56pm samuel:

I'm here four minutes early. Neat!
  9:01pm bLeubomber:

Bonsoir Mlle Bethany
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:01pm Corey:

Evening Ira and listeners! One of my brightest memories of live music before the pandemic was Marshall Allen and the Arkestra at Union Pool a handful of years ago. Ira spotted in attendance!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:02pm mariano:

Hey Ira, Crew, all.
Avatar 9:02pm Jedley:

We could use a Ra ex Machina right around now....
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:02pm Rory:

Can’t wait for Marshall Allen!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:03pm Kat in Chicago:

hi errybody
  9:03pm Vince from Pearl:

Happy Tuesday Ira!
  Swag For Life Member 9:04pm Ira:

One of the last live shows we saw before the lockdown was the Arkestra and William Parker at Town Hall. Amazing night.
  9:05pm ben:

yeah william parker is cool did you see his daughter miriam dance?
Avatar 9:07pm khd:

hi all
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:08pm mariano:

Wait, just realized: Ira = I Ra.
Avatar 9:09pm Jason From Baker Street:

Greetings from slightly north of Seattle
  Swag For Life Member 9:10pm Ira:

@Ben: Not that night, but on other occasions, yes.
  Swag For Life Member 9:10pm Ira:

@Jason: Slightly south of Bellingham?
  9:11pm Rick G:

Greetings from slightly west of Seattle :)
  Swag For Life Member 9:12pm Ira:

@Rick G: Japan?
Avatar 9:13pm Jason From Baker Street:

More south of Bellingham than north of Seattle -- Everett, birthplace of Kenny Loggins
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:13pm Corey:

Marshall Allen and crew have a place on my move heaven and earth to see when they're around. More rare in NW Michigan. However, they did have a COVID cancelled show in SW Michigan.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:14pm leshwatt:

Hello all, greetings for Ohio!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:14pm dave wuz here:

my brother and father in auburn wa
  9:14pm Timo:

Salutations from Shoalin!
  9:15pm Timo:

Dat s/b Shaolin.
  Swag For Life Member 9:15pm Ira:

Kenny Loggins and I have the same birthday (different year).
Avatar 9:17pm khd:

the only band i know from everett is Magnog
Avatar 9:18pm Jason From Baker Street:

@Ira I have the weirdest list of musicians I share a birthday with: Mike Love, Dee Snider, Phil Lesh, Sly Stone, Ry Cooder, and will.i.am. Nothing against any of them individually, but they should never collaborate.
Avatar 9:19pm Jason From Baker Street:

j/k I'm on Ben Vaughn's side when it comes to Mike Love
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:20pm Corey:

Good saxophone solo!
  9:22pm tracy in LA:

Yeah yeah
Avatar 9:24pm Jason From Baker Street:

Vernon Reid from Living Colour was sharing some intense Sun Ra memories earlier this week on Twitter.
  9:25pm Rick G:

@Ira: That sounds nice but no. Port Orchard. Trying to think of famous people from around here. Athletes Nathan Adrian and Marvin Williams. If only Jim Messina lived here.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:25pm leshwatt:

Avatar 9:28pm TDK60:

  9:28pm Jon:

Love this Sun Ra show
  9:30pm Jon:

*Marshall Allen show
Avatar 9:45pm khd:

this is nice
  Swag For Life Member 9:47pm Ira:

Cool to hear the Ra/Monk worlds collide.
Avatar 9:53pm TDK60:

Fun variety.
Avatar 9:53pm Joe B:

sounding great
Avatar 10:01pm khd:

already sounds epic and the sound is awesome
  10:04pm oi:

many of todays hits were adapted from the old masters
  Swag For Life Member 10:05pm Ira:

My first exposure to this song was the Great Italian Love Songs record hawked on tv by "Luigi" Prima. I didn't get the joke, because I'd never heard of Louis Prima either.
  10:06pm oi:

Ira: I think it was an old English actor who died before the ad aired.
  10:07pm oi:

Louis Prima had a great one.

The Motown box ad from early 70s is great. I had a friend who wrote down the order for me.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:08pm coelacanth∅:

greetings Ira and all
Avatar 10:08pm Jason From Baker Street:

Hell of a castanet sound. Not joking. Really perks up the groove.
  10:09pm oi:

Robert Klein had a bit that I think was taken from that ad. I thiink it was the guy who was the cop in Dial M for Murder
Avatar 10:09pm khd:

i agree, percussion is on point
  Swag For Life Member 10:09pm Ira:

I married into a copy of that Motown collection!
Avatar 10:10pm khd:

what is a surdo
Avatar 10:10pm Listener Gregory:

Just tuned in and am confused. Quite confused.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:10pm ParUbi:

Castanet kechafish
  10:11pm oi:

Now that's a dowry!
  Swag For Life Member 10:11pm Ira:

@khd: a Brazilian drum
Avatar 10:11pm khd:

i love the synth stuff
Avatar 10:11pm khd:

@ira - kewl
  Swag For Life Member 10:13pm Ira:

@oi: Came THIS close to using the word "dowry" in my comment.
  10:14pm oi:

Ira: You're just a natural straight man. You left it on the table.
  10:16pm Joeybug69:

Salutations, all!
I had the distinct pleasure of seeing the Arkestra several times in the late ‘70s/early ‘80s whilst employed at the Bottom Line. Always an expansive experience! Cheers from the Philadelphia suburbs.
  Swag For Life Member 10:18pm Ira:

Hi coelacanthø and hello Joeybug69: welcome aboard.
It's after Yochannan, don't you know that yet?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:21pm Mx. Granny (e/em):

oh my i am digging all this Sun Ra Arkestra, thanks, Ira!
Avatar 10:23pm Listener Gregory:

That Phil Alvin album had totally left my memory. I looked and actually located it. So, you have done God's work today, Ira.
  10:24pm Nick from Michigan:

Illuminating show--thank you so much!
Avatar 10:25pm herb.nyc:

This music is cool, but I'm too mired in rock/pop terrain to fully get it. Niiiice vocals. (Aside - the producer of this show was at the green market on Monday. Asked food scraps questions. I was glad to help)
  10:26pm Thursday Fernworthy:

Asteroid 2020!
  10:27pm postess:

Tonight’s show makes a nice soundtrack to the Yankee game
  Swag For Life Member 10:27pm Ira:

@Listener Gregory: I love when that happens.
@Nick from Michigan: Thanks so much.
@herb.nyc: If you're still listening, you're getting it. See you soon@Union Square.
Avatar 10:27pm khd:

i think my first interaction with jazz was sleazy strip club records or maybe i'm just high
Avatar 10:27pm khd:

i'm feeling triggered
Avatar 10:28pm khd:

love it
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:28pm Kat in Chicago:

I've seen the Arkestra once, New Year's Eve 2017 (didn't actually ring in the new year with them, it was an early show). Great to hear them tonight.
  10:30pm samuel:

this show has made doing college math homework into a bit of a surreal experience (in a good way!). thanks for the show so far Ira!
Avatar 10:30pm khd:

i don't need to see the arkestra - their music speaks to me from every point in the universe
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:31pm Gaylord Fields:

Hi, Ira and fellow Iranians! Just here to say the British actor from the classical music collection ad is John Williams, aka the Replacement Mr. French on several episodes of Family Affair. Now back to the Arkestra!
  Swag For Life Member 10:31pm Ira:

One of the pluses about having a weekly show is now my nightmares are all about radio and no longer take place in school. Progress!
Avatar 10:32pm khd:

wow, the guy who did the star wars soundtrack was also in family affairs
  10:32pm Mother Kaplan:

  10:32pm Adam:

I had nothing to do with it.
  Swag For Life Member 10:33pm Ira:

@Mother Kaplan: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  10:34pm Georgia:

Speaking of family affairs..
Avatar 10:35pm khd:

that was a good one!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:35pm Gaylord Fields:

@Mother Kaplan: I can digitize those Mickey Katz cassettes I made for you years ago if you'd like. Just give me the word.
  Swag For Life Member 10:35pm Ira:

Hearing this bari sax part makes me miss Danny Ray Thompson even more than I already did.
Avatar 10:37pm khd:

this should definitely be a release if it isn't
  10:38pm Mother Kaplan:

Gaylord...I would LOVE the Mickey Katz songs if someone explains what digitize means
Avatar 10:39pm khd:

digitize means turning stuff into a bunch of ones and zeros like in the matrix
Avatar 10:40pm Listener Gregory:

@Ira, remember that nightmare when you're DJing your show and you suddenly realize you're not wearing pants?? OMG.
  Swag For Life Member 10:40pm Ira:

@khd: Pretty sure my mom stopped paying attention to Keanu Reeves's career after Dogstar.
  10:40pm ariella:

So happy to be listening!!!
Avatar 10:41pm khd:

@ira - is he a fan? that'd be p cool for him to come up to slapp some bass
  Swag For Life Member 10:42pm Ira:

@ariella: so happy you are!
  Swag For Life Member 10:42pm Ira:

Fate in a Pleasant Mood foreshadowing!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:42pm Matt Fiveash:

Boy is it great to hear the Arkestra. Thanks for broadcasting this, Ira...
  10:43pm tracy in LA:

really enjoying cooking to this...definitely accepting the outcome
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:43pm Gaylord Fields:

@Mother Kaplan: I'll defer the full explanation to one of the youngest generation of Kaplans, who should be appearing here shortly, the way things are going. But the short version is that I can put them on a CD for you to play.
  Swag For Life Member 10:44pm Ira:

I read somewhere that, due to the pandemic, this set was going to a small group. And I guess at merely a dozen, it is. Hi, Matt!
Avatar 10:45pm Listener Gregory:

Did the Sun Ra-era Arkestra ever have a guitar? I'm sure someone in the audience knows. Probably everyone.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:46pm Mx. Granny (e/em):

this is just so exactly right
  Swag For Life Member 10:47pm Ira:

Mom, you wanna field Listener Gregory's question?
  10:48pm Mother Kaplan:

Avatar 10:48pm khd:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:49pm Corey:

This Arkestra set is fairly successfully reprogramming my current events addled brain.
  10:49pm Joeybug69:

David M. Hotep plays guitar with them. And there is definitely a guitar tonight.
Avatar 10:50pm khd:

checks out...
  10:51pm Mother Kaplan:

In answer to Listener Gregory, you are right. everyone does know.
  10:51pm Joeybug69:

Not sure about previous incarnations, though.
Avatar 10:52pm Listener Gregory:

Thanks, @Joeybug. I definitely hear the guitar tonight, which is why I had trouble identifying it as the Arkestra until I turned on the playlist. Allmusic has Hotep playing with them starting 2009, the Marshall Allen era.
  10:53pm oi:

So the SRA is ordinarily without a keyboard?
  Swag For Life Member 10:55pm Ira:

@oi: Not necessarily. I don't know if the word "ordinarily" ever applies to the Sun Ra Arkestra.
Avatar 10:55pm khd:

yeah, i feel like any incarnation of the arkestra could have anything
  10:56pm ?:

Sun ra!! Sorry to have missed last week's show I had to work :/
Just now logging on after my own radio show earlier this evening!
Avatar 10:56pm khd:

i mean technically, yes, you could tell me who played at every studio and live session but there has to be over 300 releases in that discography - so have fun doing it
  10:58pm ben:

i like this one
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:59pm Vanessa bikes:

I need to go to sleep but I am enjoying this too much <3
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:01pm Mx. Granny (e/em):

Vanessa: me, too!
Avatar 11:01pm Listener Gregory:

Strange mathematics.
Avatar 11:02pm khd:

space is the place :D
  11:02pm James:

Disco Kid played electric guitar on a few late 70s lps
  11:03pm bill jass:

on the guitar question, Bruce Edwards and Spaceman Patterson both put in long stints in the 80s
Avatar 11:03pm khd:

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Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:05pm Blacktooth:

  11:05pm Joeybug69:

@Gregory: Yeah, I had misread your original query because I was multitasking-feeding my teeth & brushing the cats, or maybe the other way around-but there were so many musicians on stage when I saw them that I couldn’t tell what was going on most of the time. Plus I was working.
Avatar 11:08pm khd:

Avatar 11:08pm Listener Gregory:

Thanks, @bill jass & @Joeybug!
The Arkestra personnel was certainly diverse, so general statements are unlikely to be true. I just don't think of the guitar with them.
Avatar 11:08pm Listener Gregory:

Great set! Have to bug out now, though. Thanks, Ira. Will come back for the archive to catch the beginning I missed.
Avatar 11:09pm khd:

thx ira - kenny loggin out
  11:10pm Vince from Pearl:

Ira, this is an amazing show! Thanx
  Swag For Life Member 11:11pm Ira:

Goodnight, LG and khd, thanks for listening and commenting.
  Swag For Life Member 11:12pm Ira:

Thanks, Vince. It's such a pleasure for me to listen to Marshall for 3 hours. Glad you're enjoying it too.
  11:13pm Kurt Hanzo:

wfmu \m/ the playlist is awesome
Avatar 11:13pm herb.nyc:

Space is the place! But mine is in bed. I need collect food scraps tomw at Christopher St and 7th ave, 9-2pm. Gnite.
  Swag For Life Member 11:14pm Ira:

g'night herb.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:15pm deesat:

love the show ira!
  Swag For Life Member 11:16pm Ira:

All these long songs give me time to reply . . . thanks, deesat. Really appreciate it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:17pm deesat:

my friend, the poet david henderson, wrote the lyrics and sang on "love in outer space"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:17pm deesat:

david is still an active poet, living in the east village
  Swag For Life Member 11:19pm Ira:

@deesat: I'm glad I still have a few exclamation points left after finding out my mom was listening . . . !!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:20pm deesat:

  11:20pm KWilde:

Love the Duplex Planet stuff
Avatar 11:22pm northguineahills:

Thanks for the Tusk/Sun Ra, loving this Soldier/Allen piece!
Avatar 11:23pm northguineahills:

And I dig how Allen is still kicking and playing!
  Swag For Life Member 11:30pm Ira:

We'll Wait for You reprise!
  Swag For Life Member 11:34pm Somm Ben:

I was listening to Matmos so much over the last few weeks after hearing it on WFMU a few weeks back. Thank you Ira!
  Swag For Life Member 11:35pm Ira:

It is truly my pleasure, Somm Ben.
Avatar 11:37pm northguineahills:

How did I miss that Matmos w/ Allen release 12 years ago??? I was still allowed to by rekkids back then....
  11:39pm Joeybug69:

Glad you saved some exclamation points, but I’m plumb out of superlatives. Looking forward to catching the first 90 minutes on the archive. Thanks for a splendid soundtrack to an otherwise mundane Tuesday night.
Avatar 11:44pm northguineahills:

and what JoeyBug said!
  Swag For Life Member 11:47pm Ira:

Thanks to Joeybug69 and northguineahills and everyone out there in radioland. It is such a thrill to be immersed in the amazingness of Marshall Allen's 71 (!!--got a few more left) years of making music.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:51pm Scott Williams:

this amazing session engineered by Juan Aboites - I cannot wait until the twiddling of the knobs for the likes of Marshall Allen & Danny Ray Thompson returns to being a somewhat regular occurrence at WFMU!
  11:52pm Rick G:

This show was such a welcome respite from “all the things.” Thanks Ira.
  11:54pm YIPster:

does marshall allen play on the sun ra/qualities song "it's christmas time"?
Avatar 11:56pm northguineahills:

Thanks, Ira! The best thing about Allen is he was content to be a 'sideman' for decades. He's a singular talent, muchas gracias!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:58pm Kat in Chicago:

this has been a joy, thank you, Ira.
  Swag For Life Member 11:58pm Ira:

@YIPster: I don't think so. I could be wrong. I frequently am.
Avatar 11:58pm Jedley:

Thanks for the memories!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:58pm WillCrete:

Wonderful listening tonight! Thanks. The tight-rope dancing and dialogue of the dual electronics in that 2013 quintet session was a true delight. Really special to hear Danny’s approach in it all too! Such real weight in his timing and phrasing.
  11:58pm tracy in LA:

Thx Ira, enjoyed it much
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:59pm Blacktooth:

Thanks for spinning the amazing set. Great music front to back.
  12:00am yip:

wow thanks
  12:01am Timo:

Thanks Ira! The Arkestra were so great opening for you guys at Bowery in 2018.
  12:02am Timo:

correction 2017, I think.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:05am coelacanthø:

Thanks Ira! for an Excellent tribute to an Amazing man
  Swag For Life Member 12:10am Ira:

Thank you, one and all. Goodnight and stay safe.
  Swag For Life Member 6:43am 12539:

I'm here who knows how many hours late to say, Thank You Ira & Crew.
  11:04am Sean:

Recorded this gig in Philly recently:
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