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Studio album by Sun Ra
Released 1978
Recorded July 17, 1978
Studio Blank Tapes Studios, New York City
Genre Jazz fusion
Length 43:29
Label Philly Jazz
Producer Sun Ra
Sun Ra chronology
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
All About Jazz favorable[1]
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Alternative Press 4/5 stars[3]
Jazz Times favorable[3]
Spin favorable[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 3/5 stars[4]

Lanquidity is a studio album by American jazz musician Sun Ra. It was 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).


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.[1] 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.[2]

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".[3] Music journalist Robert Christgau is a fan of the album.[5]

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
  • Artaukatune: Drums,Tympani
  • Disco Kid: ( Slo Johnson ) Guitar
  • Dale Williams: guitar
  • Atakatun Odun: Congas
  • Elo Omoe: Flute, Bass clarinet
  • Julian Pressley: Baritone saxophone
  • Richard Williams: bass
  • James Jacson: oboe, basson, flute, voices
  • June Tyson: voices


  1. ^ a b Wuethrich, Matthew (12 January 2003). "Sun Ra: Lanquidity (1978)". Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Ruhlmann, William. Lanquidity at AllMusic
  3. ^ a b c d "Sun Ra - Lanquidity CD Album". CD Universe. Muze. Retrieved 2012-07-14. 
  4. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 186. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 
  5. ^ 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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