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Released14 August 1978[1]
Recorded17 July 1978[2]
StudioBlank Tapes Studios, New York City
GenreJazz fusion
LabelPhilly Jazz
ProducerSun Ra
Sun Ra chronology
Sound Mirror
Professional ratings
Review scores
All About Jazzfavorable[3]
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[4]
Alternative Press4/5 stars[5]
Jazz Timesfavorable[5]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide3/5 stars[6]

Lanquidity is a studio album by American jazz musician Sun Ra originally released in 1978 by Philly Jazz (with a shiny silver cover) and reissued on HDCD by Evidence Records in 2000 (with a light grey cover).[7]


It is quite different from his earlier recordings, drawing heavily on funk, R&B and jazz fusion. Lanquidity is also unusual in featuring two guitarists, which were seldom used in the Arkestra.[3] The funk influence is also considerable, especially on "That's How I Feel". That track also contains a prominent tenor sax solo by John Gilmore, Sun Ra's sideman from the 1950s until Sun Ra's death in 1993.

"Where Pathways Meet", "That's How I Feel", and "Twin Stars of Thence" are played in a jazz fusion style.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Spin magazine called Lanquidity "a beautiful place to enter Ra's psych-jazz omniverse", while Alternative Press wrote that it is "impossibly funky": "Often compared to Miles Davis' heaviest jazz-rock-funk fusion, Lanquidity is dense, rhythmic and curiously hypnotic".[5] Music journalist Robert Christgau is a fan of the album.[8]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Lanquidity" – 8:19
  2. "Where Pathways Meet" – 6:30
  3. "That's How I Feel" – 8:09
  4. "Twin Stars of Thence" – 9:30
  5. "There Are Other Worlds (They Have Not Told You Of)" – 10:58


  • Sun Ra: organ, synthesizer, piano, arranger, keyboards, Hammond organ, electric piano, vocals, bells, Arp, Fender Rhodes, orchestra bells, Mini Moog
  • John Gilmore: tenor saxophone
  • Danny Ray Thompson: flute, baritone saxophone
  • Eddie Gale: trumpet
  • Michael Ray: trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Marshall Allen: flute, oboe, alto saxophone
  • Luqman Ali: percussion
  • Michael Anderson: percussion
  • Artaukatune: drums, tympani
  • Disco Kid: ( Slo Johnson ) guitar
  • Dale Williams: guitar
  • Atakatun Odun: congas
  • Elo Omoe: Flute, bass clarinet
  • Julian Pressley: baritone saxophone (sic; probably Julian Priester on trombone)
  • Richard Williams: bass
  • James Jacson: oboe, basson, flute, voices
  • June Tyson: voices


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  3. ^ a b Wuethrich, Matthew (12 January 2003). "Sun Ra: Lanquidity (1978)". Retrieved 13 September 2013.
  4. ^ a b Ruhlmann, William. Lanquidity at AllMusic
  5. ^ a b c d "Sun Ra - Lanquidity CD Album". CD Universe. Muze. Retrieved 2012-07-14.
  6. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 186. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  7. ^ Jazzlists: Philly Jazz Inc discography, accessed July 9, 2018
  8. ^ Christgau, Robert (February 6, 2001). "Pazz & Jop Preview". The Village Voice. New York: Village Voice Media. p. 2. Retrieved 2012-07-14.

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