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Pharoah Sanders Quartet: Live At Fabrik

Read "Live At Fabrik" reviewed by Chris May

One reason Pharoah Sanders was such a special artist was the prismatic nature of his music. When Sanders lit on to a new avenue of investigation, he did not in the process reject what he had been doing up until that moment. Instead, he wove the new perspective into the existing structure, enriching rather than replacing it. The result was a rainbow in which the joins between what might have been, in lesser hands, incompatible instead became inaudible, and the ...


Radio & Podcasts

Pharoah Sanders, Cristiano Calcagnile & Sea Jun Kwon

Read "Pharoah Sanders, Cristiano Calcagnile & Sea Jun Kwon" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

The first two of hours of this episode of One Man's Jazz feature music from a number of excellent new releases, including two from Italy featuring drummer Cristiano Calcagnile's Anokhi and pianist Federico Nuti, a pair from Germany in trombonist Andreas Schickentanz & guitarist Jonas Hemmersbach, bassist Sea Jun Kwon & the Walking Cliche Sextet, Zoh Amba's Bhakti , the Blue Reality Quartet, and French drummer Florian Chaigne. The final hour is filled with music featuring the magnificent and eternal ...



My Conversation with Pharoah Sanders

Read "My Conversation with Pharoah Sanders" reviewed by AAJ Staff

From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in February 1999. When I first heard “The Father And The Son And The Holy Ghost" off of John Coltrane's Meditations, I was floored. I got the same reaction when I first heard Maria Callas sing “Vissi d'arte" in Victor de Sabata's interpretation of Puccini's Tosca. Callas was simply better than everyone else. She was on a whole different level than we were and thus the ...


Unsung Heroes

Evidence Releases Three Long-Overdue Jazz Gems by Pharoah Sanders

Read "Evidence Releases Three Long-Overdue Jazz Gems by Pharoah Sanders" reviewed by Robert Spencer

From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in May 1999. Ferrell Sanders came out of Little Rock, Arkansas and hooked up with Mr. Herman “Sonny" Blount, who preferred to be known as Sun Ra and dubbed Sanders “Pharoah." A little later a guy named Coltrane asked Pharoah to join his quintet, and the jazz world at large was introduced to the man one reviewer referred to as “the torch-mouthed screamer of the reeds." ...


Radio & Podcasts

New Year - Mostly New Music

Read "New Year - Mostly New Music" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Time to look at some of the best and brightest from 2021--and the recent past. But, lo! Is that a controversy brewing off in the distance? Sounds like the bastards once again are skeptical of generally received wisdom, whether about funky puppies or critics' darlings. Playlist Discussion of Floating Points and Pharoah Sanders' albums Promises (Luaka Bop) 2:50 Discussion of Henry Threadgill's album Poof (Pi) 17:45 Discussion of Eric Revis's album Slipknots Through the Looking Glass (Pyroclastic) 29:40 ...


Radio & Podcasts

Bach-in-Jazz + Concertos & Suites from Pharoah Sanders, Yusef Lateef and Rahsaan Roland Kirk

Read "Bach-in-Jazz + Concertos & Suites from Pharoah Sanders, Yusef Lateef and Rahsaan Roland Kirk" reviewed by David Brown

Bach-in-jazz tunes from Ornette Coleman, Aki Takase and Bud Powell and we'll sample “Promises" an electro-acoustic symphonic masterpiece from Floating Points & Pharoah Sanders.' Then, Yusef Lateef's “Symphonic Blues Suite," Rahsaan Roland Kirk's “Saxophone Concerto," and finally the Exploding Star Orchestra. Welcome friends and neighbors to The Jazz Continuum. Old, new, in, out... wherever the music takes us. Each week, we will explore the elements of jazz from a historical perspective. Playlist Petter Eldh “Kali Koma" from Koma ...


Album Review

Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra: Floating Points

Read "Floating Points" reviewed by Ian Patterson

The meeting of electronics artist/DJ Sam Shepherd—aka Floating Points—with free-jazz icon Pharoah Sanders and the London Symphony Orchestra is a welcome surprise. Sanders has seldom troubled his discographers since the dawn of the new millennium. A couple of archival radio recordings, Live at Antibes Jazz Festival Juan Les Pins July 21 1968 (Alternative Fox, 2019) and Live in Paris (1975) (Transversales Disques, 2020), were potent reminders of his primacy in the crowded arena of the post-John Coltrane legacy. Yet these, ...


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