Revenge of the Cosmic Panda

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Does harp music fill you with images of celestial angels, or a (relatively) tamed Pharoah Sanders? Either way, there's something for you here in this brief overview of "cosmic" jazz. We start with a good, long look at the early career of Pharaoh Sanders and his brief gig with displaced resident of Saturn, Sun Ra, then move on to Alice Coltrane's contribution to the formation of cosmic/spiritual music. Finally, two exemplars of the genre, including one who's active and trending right this very moment -take the spotlight.


  • "It's Tight Like That"—a boy and his record weight 0:37
  • Discussion of Pharoah Sanders' album In the Beginning (ESP Disk) 12:05
  • Discussion of Alice Coltrane's album Cosmic Music (Impulse!) 33:20
  • Discussion of Lonnie Liston Smith's album Expansions (Flying Dutchman) 49:30
  • Discussion of Brandee Younger's album Soul Awakening (Self-Produced) 59:00
  • Pop Matters 1:14:05

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