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Pharoah Sanders at SFJAZZ

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Pharoah Sanders SFJAZZ San Francisco, CA September 22, 2017 As a senior statesmen of the saxophone, Pharoah Sanders requires no introduction to jazz afficianados. Nor is he a stranger to San Francisco's jazz scene: He has lived just across the bay, having resided in jny: Oakland after high school. Chances these days to see this Bay Area legend on his home turf are few and far between, so his appearance at SFJAZZ, where he headlined ...

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Pharaoh Sanders at SFJAZZ

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Pharoah Sanders SFJAZZ San Francisco, CA January 9, 2014 Pharoah Sanders is hardly a stranger to jny: San Francisco. Residing just across the Bay Bridge in jny: Oakland, the 74-year-old saxophonist has performed in the city on numerous occasions, including a solo gig at Grace Cathedral for SFJAZZ some years back. For this performance, SFJAZZ brought him back for a four-night gig, this time at its own hall and in the company of three seasoned ...

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Spiral Mercury - Chicago/Sao Paulo Underground featuring Pharoah Sanders: Pharoah & The Underground

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Renowned tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders and new music, jazz-centric pioneer, cornetist Rob Mazurek bridge alternate generations of avant-gard-isms with this highly persuasive and indubitably, audacious production. It's an electro-acoustic meeting of futuristic minds, intersecting the trumpeter's Sao Paulo Underground and Chicago Underground ensembles. Moreover, they yield intergalactic nods to classic space rock via Guilherme Granado's inventive electronics, synths and samples permutations along with Matthew Lux's pumped up bass lines and Chad Taylor's sweeping drums patterns amid several distinctive indicators throughout. ...

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Pharoah Sanders Quartet: New York, March 20, 2012

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Pharoah Sanders QuartetBirdlandNew York, NYMarch 20, 2012Tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders has long embodied the tradition, the musical voice, and the spirit of John Coltrane. He is arguably among the most truly authentic of Coltrane's disciples, considering that he was a member of the saxophonist's band during the last two years of his life. At the same time, Sanders offers an exuberant, inspired kind of expression that is all his own.Joining Sanders at Birdland ...

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Pharoah Sanders: Thembi

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Pharoah SandersThembiImpulse!1971 It is strange that two of the most striking albums made by saxophonist Pharoah Sanders during the first flush of late 1960s/early 1970s astral jazz have been so often overlooked in reissue series. Tauhid (Impulse!, 1967)--the recording which launched astral jazz, the style Sanders fashioned alongside harpist/pianist Alice Coltrane--and Thembi have been available only intermittently during the last 20 years. Tauhid is unalloyed bliss from start ...

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Pharoah Sanders, Hamid Drake, Adam Rudolph: Spirits

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Pharoah Sanders, Hamid Drake, Adam RudolphSpiritsMeta2000 Following the death of saxophonist John Coltrane in 1967, two of his band members, pianist/harpist Alice Coltrane and saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, aligned themselves to fashion--separately and together--music which became known as “astral jazz." The style foregrounded the African and Asian song forms, and percussion and drone instruments, which John Coltrane had explored during his final years, while favoring lyrical, leisurely improvisations in place of the intense, ...

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Kahil El'Zabar's Ritual Trio featuring Pharoah Sanders: Ooh Live!

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Kahil El'Zabar, a product of Chicago's South Side African-American community, is a true musical renaissance man. By trade, a percussionist who is fluent on conventional Western drums, he has mastered the esoteric and exotic instruments of his ancestors as well. He is a member of Chicago's famed AACM, has played with Dizzy Gillespie and Stevie Wonder, scored for film, arranged for the theater and taught at the university level. Along with the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, his Ritual ...

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Pharoah Sanders: Crescent with Love

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Pharoah Sanders Crescent with LoveEvidence1994 Saxophonist Pharoah Sanders worked extensively in John Coltrane's bands from 1965 until Coltrane's passing in 1967. At the time of making this tribute album, Sanders probably knew Coltrane and his music better than anyone outside of Coltrane's surviving wife, harpist/pianist Alice Coltrane, and members of his classic quartet, pianist McCoy Tyner and drummer Elvin Jones.

There is something quietly significant then in the ...


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