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

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).[5]


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.[6]

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
  • 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., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 186. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  5. ^ Jazzlists: Philly Jazz Inc discography, accessed July 9, 2018
  6. ^ 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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