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July 12th, 2019


Ronnie Boykins - The Will Come, Is Now

Ronnie Boykins played bass with Sun Ra from the '50s through to the '70s, but only ever released one album under his own name. His 1975 disc was the final record ever released on the first run of ESP-Disk' before their bankruptcy. It's more spiritual than fiery. Here's the title track, full of yearning chromatic horn arrangements and the chatter of percussion and whistles. It calls to mind the community music of Pharoah Sanders' Swedish years. Boykins alternates between a heavy riff that provides the perfect backdrop for his more painterly colleagues, and then doing a thorough intellectual deconstruction, as dry and mighty as Mingus. If you've never heard The Will Come, Is Now, you're missing out.

Ronnie Boykins - The Will Come, Is Now