still from "Space Is the Place"
Taylor Ho Bynum on Sun Ra (thanks for the tip, Jimmy!):
Sun Ra’s taste for outrageous outfits and Saturnalian mythology was central to his work, yet sometimes overshadowed his musical importance--he was the most revolutionary American big-band leader after Duke Ellington. (Bynum, "Björk's Healing Music," New Yorker, 2015-03-10)Not an uncommon assertion, but well put!