Planet D Nonet featuring Michael Ray -
"Rays of the Sun"
Rays Of The Sun,
is a futuristic tribute to the legendary avant-garde bandleader Sun Ra,
as recorded live at Trinosophes in Detroit's Eastern Market. Sun Ra
Arkesta trumpeter Michael Ray is the featured guest on this recording.
the years the PD9 has performed the music at five SRO annual tributes,
two concerts at the Detroit Institute of Art as well as concerts,
festivals & clubs in Lansing, MI, Columbus, OH, Louisville, KY,
Atlanta, GA & a hand full of gigs in New Orleans, LA. The
Planet D Nonet will be performing Sun Ras music for years to come as
we feel that this music is timeless. These compositions are gifts
from The Cosmic Master to the World.
Planet D Nonet - "We Travel The
Spaceways; The Music Of Sun Ra"
More new music for PD9 fans! "Planet
D Nonet - We Travel The Spaceways; The Music Of Sun
Ra." is now available for purchase or download!
the passing of Sun Ra in 1993, his star has continued to shine
brightly. Today there is an underground movement of musicians around
the globe performing his music live & on recordings. With this
recording, the members of Planet D Nonet document their love of Ra's
Planet D Nonet was founded in 2007 by RJ Spangler and James O'Donnell,
both original members of the well-known Detroit band, The Sun
Messengers. The "D" in the name stands for Detroit and their
exposure to Ra and his Arkestra began in the mid-70's when
poet-activist John Sinclair first brought the band to the Motor City.
Around that same time, the nascent Sun Messengers were
performing as the group Kuumba. And it was during this
period that many band members were fortunate enough to meet and develop
personal friendships with Arkestra alumni, including bassist Shoo-be-do
(Reggie Fields) & drummer Tani Tabbal, both of whom were living
Detroit at the time. These friendships led to meeting other Arkestra
members such as fellow Detroiters Francisco Ali Mora & Jaribu
Shahid, followed by Marshall Allen, John Gilmore and Michael Ray. By
the early 80's the now established Sun Messengers were hiring Tani
& Jaribu as subs in the band and by 1988 Michael Ray joined the
group for the better part of a year.
of these experiences, they became rabid Sun Ra-ophiles following
Arkestra beyond Detroit to Ann Arbor, Lansing, Cleveland, Dayton,
Chicago, Toronto and New York City. All of this culminated in The
Sun Messengers' Rick Steiger producing a week-long residency for the
group at John
Sinclair's Detroit Jazz Center between Christmas and New Years in
1980. The 28-CD box set chronicling that residency is
among Ra collectors to this day.
two CD set features guest saxophonists Salim Washington (disc one)
& Kenny Millions (disc two) and is mostly culled from live
performances, recorded between 2009 & 2010. Check it out!