Fans of avant-garde jazz are in for a treat this week, as Crate Diggers host Anthony Valadez chats with guest B+ about the lasting impact of experimental composer Sun Ra.
B+ explained how the Alabama native invested in a tape machine early on, recording shows and doing limited run pressings to put creative control in his own hands. "He understood clearly that it put the means of production back into the hands of the artists. In the early '50s...it was pretty incredible."
"The good shit doesn't have an expiration date," B+ tells Valadez. Noting the hand-drawn record covers and personal paintings, he praised Ra's strong vision in a period where "belonging was the trick."
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