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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Pharoah Sanders

Pharoah Sanders (born October 13, 1940) is a Grammy Award–winning American jazz saxophonist.
Saxophonist Ornette Coleman once described him as "probably the best tenor player in the world." Emerging from John Coltrane's groups of the mid-60s Sanders is known for his overblowing, harmonic, and multiphonic techniques on the saxophone, as well as his use of "sheets of sound." Sanders is an important figure in the development of free jazz; Albert Ayler famously said "Trane was the Father, Pharoah was the Son, I am the Holy Ghost.

Born Ferrell Sanders in Little Rock, Arkansas, he began his professional career playing tenor saxophone in Oakland, California. He moved to New York City in 1961 after playing with rhythm and blues bands. He received his nickname "Pharoah" from bandleader Sun Ra, with whom he was performing. After moving to New York, Sanders had been destitute: "He was often living on the streets, under straits, where ever he could find to stay, his clothes in tatters. Sun Ra gave him a place to stay, bought him a new pair of green pants with yellow stripes (which Sanders hated but had to have), encouraged him to use the name 'Pharoah', and gradually worked him into the band."
Sanders came to greater prominence playing with John Coltrane's band, starting in 1965, as Coltrane began adopting the avant-garde jazz of Albert Ayler, Ra and Cecil Taylor. Sanders first performed on Coltrane's Ascension (recorded in June 1965), then on their dual-tenor recording Meditations (recorded in November 1965). After this Sanders joined Coltrane's final quintet, usually performing very lengthy, dissonant solos. Coltrane's later style was strongly influenced by Sanders. Amiri Baraka lays claim naming him Pharoah in an early sixties Downbeat review[citation needed] upon hearing him introduce himself as Farrell Sanders and thinking he said "Pharaoh Sanders."
Although Sanders' voice developed differently from Coltrane, Sanders was strongly influenced by their collaboration together. Spiritual elements such as the chanting in Om would later show up in many of Sanders' own works. Sanders would also go on to produce much free jazz, modified from Coltrane's solo-centric conception. In 1968 he participated in Michael Mantler and Carla Bley's Jazz Composer's Orchestra Association album The Jazz Composer's Orchestra, featuring Cecil Taylor, Don Cherry, Larry Coryell and Gato Barbieri.
In the 1970s, Sanders pursued his own recordings and continued to work with the likes of Alice Coltrane on her Journey In Satchidananda album. Most of Sanders' best-selling work was made in the late 60's and early 70s for Impulse Records, including the 30-minute wave-on-wave of free jazz "The Creator has a Master Plan" from the album Karma. This composition featured vocalist Leon Thomas' unique, "umbo weti" yodeling, and Sanders' key musical partner, pianist Lonnie Liston Smith, who worked with Sanders from 1969-1971. Other members of his groups in this period include bassist Cecil McBee, on albums such as Jewels of Thought, Izipho Zam, Deaf Dumb Blind and Thembi.
Although supported by African-American radio, Sanders' brand of free jazz became less popular. From the experiments with African rhythms on the 1971 album Black Unity (with bassist Stanley Clarke) onwards he began to diversify his sound. In the late 1970s and 1980s, Sanders explored different musical modes including R'n'B (Love Will Find a Way), modal jazz, and hard bop.
In 1994 he traveled to Morocco to record the Bill Laswell-produced album The Trance Of Seven Colors with Gnawa musician Mahmoud Guinia. Sanders worked with Laswell, Jah Wobble, and others on the albums Message From Home (1996) and Save Our Children (1998). In 1999, he complained in an interview that despite his pedigree, he had trouble finding work. The same year, Sanders appeared on the Red Hot Organization's album, Stolen Moments: Red Hot + Cool, on the track "This is Madness" with Umar bin Hassan and Abiodun Oyewole and the bonus track, "The Creator Has A Master Plan (Trip hop Remix)." The album was named "Album of the Year" by Time.
In the 2000s, a resurgence of interest in jazz has kept Sanders playing festivals including the 2007 Melbourne Jazz Festival and the 2008 Big Chill Festival, concerts, and releasing albums. He has a strong following in Japan, and in 2003 recorded with the band Sleep Walker. Pharoah Sanders is currently represented by Addeo Music International.



As leader

  • 1964-Pharoah's First(ESP-Disk)
  • 1966-Tauhid(Impulse! Records)
  • 1969-Izipho Zam (Strata-East Records)
  •  1969-Karma(Impulse!)
  • 1969-Jewels of Thought(Impulse!)
  • 1970-Deaf Dumb Blind (Summun Bukmun Umyun)(Impulse!)
  • 1971-Thembi(Impulse!)
  • 1971-Village of the Pharoahs(Impulse!)
  • 1971-Black Unity(Impulse!)
  • 1971-Live at the East(Impulse!)
  • 1972-Wisdom Through Music(Impulse!)
  • 1973-Elevation(Impulse!) 
  • 1973-Love in Us All(ASD)
  • 1974-Voyage to Uranus(Capitol)
  • 1977-Pharoah(India Navigation)
  • 1977-Love Will Find a Way(Arista)
  • 1978-Beyond a Dream(with Norman Connors)(Arista)
  • 1980-Journey to the One (Theresa (Evidence))
  • 1981-Live(Theresa (Evidence))
  • 1981-Rejoice(Theresa (Evidence))
  • 1982-Heart is a Melody(Theresa (Evidence))
  • 1985-Shukuru(Theresa (Evidence))
  • 1989-Oh Lord, Let Me Do No Wrong(Columbia)
  • 1987-A Prayer Before Dawn(Theresa (Evidence))
  • 1987-Africa(Timeless)
  • 1989-Moonchild(Timeless)
  • 1990-Welcome to Love(Timeless)
  • 1992-Crescent with Love(Evidence)
  • 1994-The Trance Of Seven Colors (with Mahmoud Guinia)(Axiom)
  • 1995-Naima(Evidence)
  • 1996-Message from Home(Verve)
  • 1999-Save our Children(Verve)
  • 2000-Spirits(Meta)
  • 2003-With a Heartbeat(Evolver)
  • 2003-The Creator Has a Master Plan(Venus)

As sideman

With John Coltrane

With Alice Coltrane

  • A Monastic Trio (1968)
  • Ptah, the El Daoud (1970)
  • Journey in Satchidananda (1970)

With Don Cherry

  • Symphony for Improvisers (1966)
  • Where Is Brooklyn? (1967)
with Norman Connors
  • Romantic Journey (1977)
  • This is your Life (1977)
  • Remember Who You Are (1993)

with others
  • 1964-Sun Ra-feat Ph. Sanders and Black Herold 
  • 1965 - Ornette Coleman - Chappaqua Suite
  • 1968-Dave Burrell - High Won-High Two
  • 1968-Pharoah Sanders Ensemble with Albert Ayler
  • 1968 - Jazz Composer's Orchestra - The Jazz Composer's Orchestra 
  • 1968-Gary Bartz - Another Earth 
  • 1969-Leon Thomas - Spirits Known and Unknown
  • 1969-The Latin Jazz Quintet - Oh! Pharoah Speak
  • 1973-Larry Young - Lawrence Of Newark 
  • 1977-Phyllis Hyman - One on One
  • 1978-Hilton Ruiz - Fantasia
  • 1978 - Ed Kelly - Ed Kelly & Friends (Ed Kelly & Pharoah Sanders)
  • 1980-Idris Muhammad - Kabsha
  • 1981-Tisziji Munoz - Visiting the Planet
  • 1982-Elvin Jones-McCoy Tyner Quintet – Love & Peace 
  • 1985 - Art Davis - Life
  • 1987-McCoy Tyner - Blues for Coltrane
  • 1987-Benny Golson - This is for you, John
  • 1990-The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir - Live!
  • 1991 - Sonny Sharrock - Ask the Ages
  • 1991-Randy Weston - The Spirits Of Our Ancestors
  • 1991-Randy Weston - African Sunrise
  • 1993-Bheki Mseleku - Timelessness
  • 1994 -Franklin Kiermyer - Solomon's Daughter
  • 1995-Steve Turre - Rhythm Within from drhotte
  • 1995-Jah Wobble - Heaven & Earth part 1 \ part 2
  • 1996-Aiyb Dieng - Rythmagick
  • 1996-Jali Kunda - Griots of West Africa & Beyond altrn
  • 1996-Sonny Sharrock - Into Another Light
  • 1996-Wallace Roney - Village from drhotte
  • 1997-The Last Poets - Time Has Come altrn
  • 1997-Tisziji Munoz - River of Blood
  • 1997-Tisziji Munoz - Present Without a Trace
  • 1997-Tisziji Munoz - Spirit World
  • 1997-Arcana-Arc of Testemony
  • 1997-Music Revelation Ensemble-Cross Fire
  • 1998-Terry Callier - Timepeace altrn altrn
  • 1998-Chakra - The Seven Centers altrn
  • 1998-Randy Weston - Khepera
  • 2000-Kahil El’Zabar’s Ritual Trio - Africa N’Da Blus
  • 2000 - Alex Blake - Now is the Time: Live at the Knitting Factory 
  • 2000 - Kahil El'Zabar's Ritual Trio - Africa N'da Blues
  • 2000-23 Skidoo - 23 Skidoo
  • 2001-Tisziji Munoz-Devine Radiance
  • 2001-Gigi - Gigi
  • 2003-VA-Asana 3: Peaceful Heart
  • 2003-Lonesome Echo Productions - Silver Ocean
  • 2003-Lili Haydn - Light Blue Sun
  • 2004-David Murray & Gwo-Ka Masters-Gwotet
  • 2006-Kenny Garrett Beyond The Wall
  • 2007-Method of Defiance - Inamorata
  • 2008 - Kenny Garrett - Sketches of MD: Live at the Iridium
  • 2008 - Sleep Walker - "Into The Sun" (on "The Voyage")
  • 2008-Kahil El Zabar's Ritual Trio - Ooh Live! 


freebones said...

oh hell yes. thank you so much!

Vel_Kam said...

my friends, I need in help only with albums(As leader):
1974-Voyage to Uranus
2003-The Creator Has a Master Plan
Others,not linked to list of discography I have and uploud these in nearest time.

ish said...

1974's Voyage to Uranus is not a Pharoah Sanders album, and he does not even play on it. It was introduced to his discography by someone's error, probably at AMG. I've written all about this:

Otherwise, nice work.

Vel_Kam said...

ish,thanks for useful information.I've first time readin' bout this.

Simon666 said...

Great work Vel_Kam

zand said...

Great Job!!! Thank You!!!

Vel_Kam said...

Thanks, Simon666!
Thanx, zand!

drhotte said...

Hi Vel_Kam,

"Creator Has A Masteplan (2003)" can you find here:

I've downloaded "Spirits" and the Alex Blake record somewhere a long time ago.

If no one will post his original rips, I will upload them to megaupload next week.


Vel_Kam said...

drhotte, thanks a lot for link to Creator Has A Masteplan (2003, I've never heard this before.
I have "Spirits" in my collection.Tommorow .I think . I'll upload it to mediafire

dj ny said...

definitely would love to hear spirits.

Vel_Kam said...

dj ny ,
Why not? Listen and enjoy!

drhotte said...

Here Is Alex Blake: Now Is The Time

a re-rip from a cd I've made from a download three years ago.


Vel_Kam said...

Thank You drhotte!

drhotte said...

I've searched for more Sanders as sideman in part of my collection and so I have founded the following ones:

Sun Ra: feat Ph. Sanders and Black Herold, 1964

Wallace Roney: Village. 1996

Music Revelation Ensemble: Cross fire, 1997

Arcana: Arc of testemony, 1997

Kahil El Zabar Ritual Trio with Ph. Sanders: Ooh! Live!, 2000

Munosz: Devine Radiance, 2001

David Murray & Gwo-Ka Masters: Gwotet, 2003


Vel_Kam said...

Tnx,drhotte , I've linked some albums about you sayed,some not found in the web/If you can uploud some stuff-million thanks you from lovers of Pharoah !

drhotte said...

Hi Vel_Kam,

here is Sun Ra feat. Ph. Sanders and Bl. Herold:

from my harddisk.

The other missing ones (incl. Steve Turre)are on cd and so I must rip them step by step.


Vel_Kam said...

thanks a lot for your help !

drhotte said...

Here is Steve Turre: Rhythm within

Ph. Sanders is only playing on tracks 1 & 4.


Vel_Kam said...

thanks ,as allways, drhotte!

drhotte said...

Here is my last possibility to contribute something to the Pharoah Sanders collection:

Wallace Roney - Village

Sanders plays on tracks 4 (of Course) and 8.

Other Sax Players are Michael Brecker and Wallace Roney's Brother Antoine.

I#m a little bit disappointed that no one hast posted the other missing titles. Sometime ago we have a Sun Ra Collection at this blog with more contributing readers


Anonymous said...

You´re amazing! All this fantastic and sometimes obscure music, thank you and thank yo!

Stuffy from sweden

Anonymous said...

Thanks a bunch!

Anonymous said...

Please, anyone have PHAROAH (1977)?? Thank you very much.

PE_35 said...

hi from Canada,

is somebody can reload this one :

Franklin k Kiermyer ( solomon's daughter ) 1994

( Pharoah play on this cd of course ) ?


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aroonie said...

Thank you for Pharoah and all your work. Nice sharing.

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