Sunrise in Different Dimensions is a 1980 live jazz album by the Sun Ra Arkestra documenting a concert at the Gasthof Morhen in Willisau, Switzerland from February 24, 1980 which was released on the hat Hut label. The album intermingles a variety of Sun Ra originals with covers of jazz standards.
Jazz critic Scott Yanow describes the Sun Ra originals here as "diverse and generally adventurous", while describing the ensemble covers as "ragged and eccentric". Among the songs singled out from the track list for special examination in Landing on the Wrong Note are "Light from a Hidden Sun" and "Big John's Special". Heble points out the alterations Sun Ra makes to the latter, which expand the big band sound, and suggests that Sun Ra's homage to the jazz composer Horace Henderson is part of Sun Ra's attempt to "reclaim" the "misrepresented history" of swing music, which had become associated with white musicians following the popularity of Benny Goodman. He draws attention to the Sun Ra piano solo "Light from a Hidden Sun" as exemplifying "the range and scope of Sun Ra's musical vision", adding that "there's beauty and elegance here, a compelling sense of swing, too, even in the freest moments."
The Essential Jazz Records describes as "unevocative" and "unreflective" "Cocktails for Two" and "'Round Midnight", though it indicates that the latter is "brisk and sharp-edged", with "a strong ensemble confidence. "Thacker finds "Lady Bird/Half Nelson" a unique interpretation fueled by "He-man pianistics", while both "Big John's Special" and "Yeah Man!" are nostalgic, if marked by "lightsome mockery of swing-band cliché" and irresistible "death-defying glee". He describes "Queer Notions" as "cohesive", "Limehouse Blues" as "unrepentantly skewed", "Take the "A" Train" as "an inebriated waltz" and "Lightnin'" as "full-tilt swing". Thacker also comments on the contribution by June Tyson to one of the Sun Ra originals at the end of the album: "something that no chronicler of big-band jazz should overlook—a band vocal". "On this one," he notes, "Sun Ra, Tyson and Co. bring the solar system well within the range of the Holiday brochure: 'On Jupiter, the skies are always blue.'"
All CD editions (three, as of 2011) delete two songs from the original 2-LP set.
Marshall Allen – flute, oboe, alto saxophone
John Gilmore – clarinet, flute, tenor saxophone
Chris "Chubby" Henderson – drums
Graham Lock – liner notes
Peter Pfister – remixing, mastering
Sun Ra – organ, piano
Michael Ray – trumpet, flugelhorn
Knoel Scott – flute, oboe, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone
Danny Thompson – flute, baritone saxophone
June Tyson – vocals
Werner X. Uehlinger – record producer, cover photo
Eric "Samarai Celestial" Walker – drums
Kenneth Williams – flute, baritone saxophone, tenor saxophone
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