The power of music

Sun Ra, 1980

[Jazz pianist Sun] Ra’s solo keyboard track, “Advice to Medics,” [is] titled after his history of playing for what his biographer John Szwed describes as a therapy-through-music group that “included catatonics and severe schizophrenics.” (The biographer reports that one patient, breaking a years-long silence, approached Ra to ask: “Do you call that music?”)

From a post on the New York Review of Books blog by Seth Colter Walls, on a recent performance by the Sun Ra Arkestra at Lincoln Center in New York. If you want to decide for yourself if it’s music, there are several pieces embedded there for you to listen to.

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