PHAROAH SANDERS

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Pharoah Sanders (1940–)

Pharoah Sanders is a noted jazz saxophonist who is recognized as a pioneer of the “free jazz” movement. Collaborations with artists such as Sun Ra and John Coltrane remain his most noted work, but his solo efforts stretch over five decades from 1964 to the present.

Pharoah Sanders was born Ferrell Sanders on October 13, 1940, in Little Rock (Pulaski County). His mother worked as a cook in a school cafeteria, and his father worked for the City of Little Rock. An only child, Sanders began his musical career accompanying church hymns on clarinet. His initial artistic accomplishments were in art, and it was not until he was at Scipio Jones High School in North Little Rock (Pulaski County) that Sanders discovered the tenor saxophone. The band director, Jimmy Cannon, was also a saxophone player and introduced Sanders to jazz. When Cannon left Scipio Jones High School, Sanders—still
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Oh Lord, Let Me Do No Wrong [Vinyl]Oh Lord, Let Me Do No Wrong [Vinyl]
Hi Horse Records 2009
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KarmaKarma
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Impulse 1995
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$8.33 (used)
Tauhid [LP]Tauhid [LP]
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Anthology Recordings 2017
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$15.98 (used)
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Impulse 2000
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$10.44 (used)
Journey to the One [Vinyl]Journey to the One [Vinyl]
Theresa Records 2009
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Jewels Of Thought [LP]Jewels Of Thought [LP]
Limited Edition
Anthology Recordings 2017
$9.70
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LiveLive
Evidence 2003
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Evidence 1993
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PHAROAH SANDERS Discography

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PHAROAH SANDERS Pharaoh Sanders (aka Pharoah Sanders Quintet (aka Pharaoh's First) album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
Pharaoh Sanders (aka Pharoah Sanders Quintet (aka Pharaoh's First)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1965
PHAROAH SANDERS Tauhid album cover 3.93 | 10 ratings
Tauhid
Avant-Garde Jazz 1967
PHAROAH SANDERS Karma album cover 4.46 | 29 ratings
Karma
Avant-Garde Jazz 1969
PHAROAH SANDERS Jewels of Thought album cover 3.88 | 10 ratings
Jewels of Thought
Avant-Garde Jazz 1969
PHAROAH SANDERS Deaf, Dumb, Blind: Summun, Bukmun, Umyun album cover 3.80 | 9 ratings
Deaf, Dumb, Blind: Summun, Bukmun, Umyun
Avant-Garde Jazz 1970
PHAROAH SANDERS Thembi album cover 4.11 | 12 ratings
Thembi
Avant-Garde Jazz 1971
PHAROAH SANDERS Black Unity album cover 4.21 | 13 ratings
Black Unity
Avant-Garde Jazz 1972
PHAROAH SANDERS Wisdom Through Music album cover 3.33 | 3 ratings
Wisdom Through Music
Avant-Garde Jazz 1973
PHAROAH SANDERS Village of the Pharoahs album cover 3.52 | 5 ratings
Village of the Pharoahs
Avant-Garde Jazz 1973
PHAROAH SANDERS Izipho Zam album cover 3.58 | 5 ratings
Izipho Zam
Avant-Garde Jazz 1973
PHAROAH SANDERS Spotlight On Pharoah Sanders With The Latin Jazz Quintet album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Spotlight On Pharoah Sanders With The Latin Jazz Quintet
Latin Jazz 1973
PHAROAH SANDERS Love in Us All album cover 3.70 | 5 ratings
Love in Us All
Avant-Garde Jazz 1974
PHAROAH SANDERS Pharoah album cover 3.67 | 5 ratings
Pharoah
Fusion 1977
PHAROAH SANDERS Love Will Find A Way album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Love Will Find A Way
RnB 1978
PHAROAH SANDERS Journey to the One album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
Journey to the One
Post Bop 1980
PHAROAH SANDERS Rejoice album cover 3.83 | 3 ratings
Rejoice
Post Bop 1981
PHAROAH SANDERS Shukuru album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Shukuru
Soul Jazz 1985
PHAROAH SANDERS Oh Lord, Let Me Do No Wrong album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Oh Lord, Let Me Do No Wrong
Avant-Garde Jazz 1987
PHAROAH SANDERS Africa album cover 3.96 | 3 ratings
Africa
Post Bop 1987
PHAROAH SANDERS A Prayer Before Dawn (with William Henderson) album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
A Prayer Before Dawn (with William Henderson)
Soul Jazz 1987
PHAROAH SANDERS Moon Child album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Moon Child
Post Bop 1990
PHAROAH SANDERS Welcome to Love album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Welcome to Love
Soul Jazz 1991
PHAROAH SANDERS Pharoah Sanders Quartet ‎: Crescent With Love album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Pharoah Sanders Quartet ‎: Crescent With Love
Post Bop 1993
PHAROAH SANDERS Message From Home album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Message From Home
African Fusion 1996
PHAROAH SANDERS Save Our Children album cover 3.88 | 3 ratings
Save Our Children
World Fusion 1998
PHAROAH SANDERS Pharoah Sanders & Graham Haynes ‎: With A Heartbeat album cover 3.14 | 2 ratings
Pharoah Sanders & Graham Haynes ‎: With A Heartbeat
Dub/Ska/Reggae 2003
PHAROAH SANDERS In the Beginning 1963-1964 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In the Beginning 1963-1964
Avant-Garde Jazz 2012

PHAROAH SANDERS EPs & splits

PHAROAH SANDERS Our Roots album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Our Roots
Soul Jazz 1996

PHAROAH SANDERS live albums

PHAROAH SANDERS Live at the East album cover 4.00 | 4 ratings
Live at the East
Avant-Garde Jazz 1972
PHAROAH SANDERS Elevation album cover 4.71 | 8 ratings
Elevation
Avant-Garde Jazz 1974
PHAROAH SANDERS Beyond A Dream (with Norman Connors) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Beyond A Dream (with Norman Connors)
Post Bop 1981
PHAROAH SANDERS Live album cover 4.25 | 2 ratings
Live
Avant-Garde Jazz 1982
PHAROAH SANDERS Heart Is a Melody album cover 3.05 | 2 ratings
Heart Is a Melody
Post Bop 1983
PHAROAH SANDERS Spirits album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Spirits
Avant-Garde Jazz 2000
PHAROAH SANDERS Pharoah Sanders Quartet ‎: The Creator Has A Master Plan album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Pharoah Sanders Quartet ‎: The Creator Has A Master Plan
Post Bop 2003
PHAROAH SANDERS Pharoah & The Underground : Primative Jupiter album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Pharoah & The Underground : Primative Jupiter
Avant-Garde Jazz 2014
PHAROAH SANDERS Pharoah & The Underground : Spiral Mercury album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Pharoah & The Underground : Spiral Mercury
Avant-Garde Jazz 2014
PHAROAH SANDERS Juan Les Pin Jazz Festival 68 (aka  Live At Antibes Jazz Festival Juan-Les-Pins July 21, 1968) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Juan Les Pin Jazz Festival 68 (aka Live At Antibes Jazz Festival Juan-Les-Pins July 21, 1968)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2018

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PHAROAH SANDERS The Best of Pharoah Sanders album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best of Pharoah Sanders
Avant-Garde Jazz 1972
PHAROAH SANDERS On Timeless album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
On Timeless
Avant-Garde Jazz 1995
PHAROAH SANDERS Ballads With Love album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ballads With Love
Post Bop 1996
PHAROAH SANDERS Priceless Jazz Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Priceless Jazz Collection
Avant-Garde Jazz 1997
PHAROAH SANDERS Crescent With Love album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Crescent With Love
Post Bop 1999
PHAROAH SANDERS Meditation: Pharoah Sanders Selections Take 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Meditation: Pharoah Sanders Selections Take 1
Soul Jazz 2003
PHAROAH SANDERS Meditation: Pharoah Sanders Selections, Take 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Meditation: Pharoah Sanders Selections, Take 2
Soul Jazz 2003
PHAROAH SANDERS Anthology album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Anthology
Avant-Garde Jazz 2005
PHAROAH SANDERS The Impulse Story album cover 5.00 | 2 ratings
The Impulse Story
Avant-Garde Jazz 2006
PHAROAH SANDERS ' Finest album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
' Finest
Avant-Garde Jazz 2007
PHAROAH SANDERS Village Of The Pharoahs / Wisdom Through Music album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Village Of The Pharoahs / Wisdom Through Music
Avant-Garde Jazz 2011
PHAROAH SANDERS Spiritual Blessings album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Spiritual Blessings
Avant-Garde Jazz 2013
PHAROAH SANDERS Ballads With Love / Crescent With Love album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ballads With Love / Crescent With Love
Post Bop 2013
PHAROAH SANDERS Tauhid / Jewels of Thought album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tauhid / Jewels of Thought
Avant-Garde Jazz 2015
PHAROAH SANDERS Thembi / Black Unity album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Thembi / Black Unity
Avant-Garde Jazz 2015

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Live In San Francisco
Avant-Garde Jazz 2007

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PHAROAH SANDERS Tauhid

Album · 1967 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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Tauhid is an excellent work nearly on par with 1969's Karma. This record should not be overlooked by fans of avant-garde jazz, especially devotees of the trinity that is Coltrane, Ayler and Sanders. If you're here for the extraterrestrial, multi-tonal saxophone playing - you'll certainly find it.

The album begins with dense, modal piano, tremolo guitar and scattered percussion with Sanders characteristic sleigh bells periodically brightening the mix. At around five minutes, the band rests while Henry Grimes bows a few slow bars on the bass followed by Sanders coming in on the flute. The band members trade off improvising, often alone, until the nine minute mark when Dave Burrell comes in with the main piano riff that will last until the end of the first side of the record. The whole band comes in and Sanders finally lets loose on the sax; his performance is as masterful and 'out there' as ever, and if you're already a Pharoah fan - you know what to expect.

On side two of the album, my personal favorite Sanders track begins. 'Japan' only features Sanders on vocals; the melody is simple and amiable with gentle accompaniment from the rest of the band. Sanders' spiritual approach to music is perfectly manifested in this song, and one feels a harmony and closeness with Sanders that can't be found anywhere else in his discography. 'Japan' is a true highlight of the avant-garde era; its gentle approach unlike any other artist of the time.

The last track begins with a drum solo that quickly turns into group free improvisation. It is a medley with three parts that features plenty of Sanders on saxophone. This track is sonically more experimental and challenging than the first track, but there are still moments of blissful rest. The outro is sparse and quiet, with Sanders playing a slow exit.

PHAROAH SANDERS Village Of The Pharoahs / Wisdom Through Music

Boxset / Compilation · 2011 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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darkprinceofjazz
If your looking to fill in the gaps of your Pharoah Sanders collection, this Impulse 2 on 1 edition is a welcome addition, Both Village of the Pharaohs and Wisdom through Music have been long unavailable on CD, Both albums are good, if not quite essential, Stacked up next to Karma or Black Unity for instance, they both seem like Sanders may have been running out of steam. The Astral Jazz element was starting to sound contrived, The vocal numbers on "Wisdom Through Music do nothing for me at all, Though there is enough on both albums to warrant the purchase, I do prefer Village of the Pharaohs over Wisdom Through Music, but both albums have way to many amateurish vocals on them for my tastes, had both albums been condensed down to one all instrumental album, that would have been better in my opinion, In the end, it is hard to deny, these sound like lesser efforts, stick with Karma and Black Unity, and buy this only if you want everything Sanders ever did.

PHAROAH SANDERS Village of the Pharoahs

Album · 1973 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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Sean Trane
Often decried by Sanders purists, I find that the present Village is one of Pharoah’s more interesting work, especially that he tends to forget about the dissonant forays into free-jazz improves and concentrates on the up-tempo grooves. Maybe some tend to see this album as an end of an era, as this is one of his last works before a two years+ absence of new material and his change of label.

Opening on the wild 17-mins three-part suite title track, it is coming with some low-in-the-mix vocals/chants from Sedastrius Brown (who gets his name on the front and some wild African rhythms mixed with Indian influences and percussions. Of the usual Pharoah suspects on the A-side, you’ll only find pianist Bonner, but we’re still very much in the Coltrane sonic galaxy. A short Myth piece closes the suite in a minor fashion.

The flipside is sees regulars like bassist McBee and drummer Connor reappear (on top of Bonner’s contributions) and features second bassist Staley Clark (no “e”), but this writer can’t get his enthusiasm to rise to the level of the title track suite. This is particularly true for the 9-mins Mansion Worlds, a confused affair, where dynamics seem to have been dulled by the erosion of time, despite a bass duet ending the hostilities. Returning to an alice C sound, Memories is a rather tedious affair, missing its mark, and Bonner’s flute doesn’t hit the spot. As to the boogie-woogie closing piece, it is forgettable, despite presenting an unusual facet of Sanders.

Mostly worthy of interest (IMHO) for the sidelong title track, the Village album indeed seems that we’re nearing the end of an era (which will happen with that two year gap and a change of label), but there is really nothing to tell us that it would happen when listening to the present. Maybe not Pharoah’s best, but it’s still wworth throwing your ears on the vinyl grooves of this slice of wax.

PHAROAH SANDERS Pharoah

Album · 1977 · Fusion
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Sean Trane
By the time that this album was released in 77, there wasn’t a single member left from the classic-line-up (or Sanders crowd) of the early 70’s, but it doesn’t mean that this album is any less worthy. It’s also notable that this album is not an Impulse product, but released on the small India Navigation label and starts Sanders’s relative instability, shifting more from labels first Arista, then settling with Theresa Records, but let’s face it, Pharoah’s better moments were behind him for a while. But the present album (with a nice barren shrub picture) came after a two years gap without a release, but it was still rather interesting, if only for the A-side.

Opening softly on the 21-mins Harvest Time, it tends to groove slowly until grinding to a halt some 10 minutes into the track. Bell percussions spark up the harmonium and slowly Pharoah’s sax re-enters the picture and the next 10 minutes are spent under a soft spell. On the flipside, the 14-mins+ Love Will Find A Way is not exactly of the same calibre, poor sound, and Sanders’s very “iffy” vocals, followed by screechy sax interventions of his, but id goes softer relatively soon, but fails to match the Harvest’s quality, despite a nice organ part in the second half. The closing Memories piece is a bit more enthralling, but it’s rather clear that the people behind the desk are in over their heads for these sessions.

A poor-sounding album (not sure a proper remastering will better it either), Pharoah signifies a half successful return to business from Sanders, but we’re still quite far away from his Impulse days, but much lesser works will come in the following years. If you need one non-Impulse album, make it this one.

PHAROAH SANDERS Black Unity

Album · 1972 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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Sean Trane
Well by the rate Pharoah was releasing albums, by late 71’s Black Unity’s publication, he had quite an impressive 70’s discography already behind him. But in some ways, the present album is IMHO his apex, despite a slowly changing line-up, where Jarvis and Liston Smith were absent, the latter rather well-replaced with Joe Bonner. Furthermore, McBee shares the bass spot with the celebrated Stanley Clarke and the drum stool sees Hart as well as Norman Connors.

In some ways the sole (title) track spread over both sides of the vinyl can sound extremely excessive when you know Sanders’ antecedents, but it’s actually more accessible than the recent JoT album, especially the flipside. Indeed it opens on a rather fast 100 MPH tempo, driven by Clarke’s bass and seconded by Bonner’s piano, before Sanders’ sax, and Peterson’s trumpet for gentle round of observation before the two engage into a full battle, often bordering on the dissonant, but not going too far over the edge, thus barely allowing you to keep your sanity. The second part of the track (the vinyl flipside if you wish) is a calmer thing, allowing for some meditative moments, with soothing bowed bass lines. Black Unity is probably not Pharoah's most accessible work and I wouldn't recommend it to a newcomer, but IMHO, it's probably his creative apex.

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