October 30, 2016 – 5:13 am

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PHAROAH SANDERS R.I.P. 1940 - 2022

Pharoah Sanders, the saxophonist and composer who became famous for his mid-1960s work with saxophonist John Coltrane, died Saturday, September. 24. He was 81.

The news came through a social media post from Luaka Bop Records, Sanders’ most recent record label. “We are devastated to share that Pharoah Sanders has passed away,” the statement read. “He died peacefully surrounded by loving family and friends in Los Angeles earlier this morning. Always and forever the most beautiful human being, may he rest in peace.”

Sanders was known for his searing, searching tone on the saxophone, one that pulled from blues, gospel, soul and the avant-garde to create his own personal, highly spiritual sound.

His last album, Promises, with Floating Points and the London Symphony Orchestra, was named the Beyond Album of the Year in the 2021 DownBeat Critics Poll. A newly released Coltrane recording, A Love Supreme: Live In Seattle, which features Sanders, was named Historical Album of the Year in the 2022 DownBeat Critics Poll. - downbeat.com

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The distinctive sound of Pharoah Sanders’ tenor saxophone, which could veer from a hoarse croon to harsh multiphonic screams, startled audiences in the 1960s before acting in recent years as a kind of call to prayer for young jazz musicians seeking to steer their music in a direction defined by a search for ecstasy and transcendence.

Sanders, who has died age 81, made an impact at both ends of a long career. In 1965 he was recruited by John Coltrane, an established star of the jazz world, to help push the music forward into uncharted areas of sonic and spiritual exploration. [Sanders came to fame as a member of Coltrane’s legendary band, which he played in from 1965 to 1967.]

He had just turned 80 when he reached a new audience after being invited by Sam Shepherd, the British musician and producer working under the name Floating Points, to take the solo part on the widely praised recording of an extended composition titled Promises, a concerto in which he responded with a haunting restraint to the minimalist motifs and backgrounds devised by Shepherd for keyboards and the strings of the London Symphony Orchestra.

By then he had become a vital figure in the recent revival of “spiritual jazz”, whose young exponents took his albums as inspirational texts. When he was named a Jazz Master by the US National Endowment for the Arts in 2016, musicians of all generations, from the veteran pianist Randy Weston to the young saxophonist Kamasi Washington, queued up to pay tribute. - Richard Williams, theguardian.com

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John Coltrane, speaking to jazz musician Albert Ayler, once described himself, Pharoah Sanders and Ayler as “the father, the son and [the] holy ghost”. Sanders played sideman to Coltrane on many crucial recordings, and, like Coltrane, Sanders could cut it both ways: roll out a spiritual groove that landed like breakers on the shore, or splice the air itself into a trigonometry of fire and aether. He leant into a broadly multicultural spiritualism in his music, but could take flight in ferocious exaltations on his saxophone. His music spoke volumes, while he himself preferred not to, and is at the core of any spiritual jazz discography. As Ben Ratliff wrote in the New York Times in 1999, Sanders was “one of the holy monsters of American music”. With the passing of the son, the last member of Coltrane’s last band is gone, and a crucial connection to the potent and now legendary New York jazz scene of the 1960s and 70s is severed. - Jennifer Lucy Allan, theguardian.com

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Nice 1971 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Festival de Jazz de Nice, Nice, France; July 18, 1971. Very good FM broadcast.

Saxophonist Ornette Coleman once described Pharoah Sanders as “probably the best tenor player in the world.” Emerging from John Coltrane’s groups of the mid-1960s, 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”. - wikipedia

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Thanks to cosmikd for sharing the show at Dime.

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Jazz Club, France Musique
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Track 01. The Creator Has A Master Plan - Part A 10:59 (26.4MB)
Track 02. The Creator Has A Master Plan - Part B 10:36 (25.4MB)
Track 03. Jameela 5:58 (14.3MB)
Track 04. Let Us Go In The House Of The Lord - Part A 4:56 (11.8MB)
Track 05. Let Us Go In The House Of The Lord - Part B 10:50 (26.0MB)
Track 06. Let Us Go In The House Of The Lord - Part C 9:51 (23.6MB)
54 mins

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Pharoah Sanders - tenor sax
Lonnie Liston Smith - piano
Cecil McBee - bass
Jimmy Hopps - drums
Lawrence Killian - congas

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  1. 13 Responses to “JAZZ ON SUNDAY: PHAROAH SANDERS - NICE 1971 [R.I.P. 1940 - 2022]”

  2. I haven’t listed yet, but this sure sounds like a dominating release. You can never get enough of this fire music! This should be smoking hot! Thanks

    By Chris on Oct 30, 2016

  3. Thank you very much! The Creator Has A Master Plan! Believe or not, this is the shit right here. With or without Leon Thomas, this is the among the most important pieces in our canon.

    By Rich on Oct 30, 2016

  4. I heard Pharoah about a month ago in Los Angeles, just before his 76th birthday. He still has a lot of power, and it’s still a joy to hear his music. Thanks for posting this.

    By Teamster on Oct 31, 2016

  5. Now that I’ve listened to this, I will say that it is a tremendous find! Thanks again.

    By Chris on Oct 31, 2016

  6. Hmm this is pretty fantastic thank you big o. Pharoah is one of the tenor sax all time greats, cant get enough of this!!

    By Jerry's Red Shirt on Nov 4, 2016

  7. Link is down, please reupload when you get the chance, thank you!

    By Abic on Jul 11, 2020

  8. hey, any chance of a fresh link - looks awesome! thanks so much

    By james on Nov 13, 2020

  9. Fresh link would be amazing. Heard on youtube but would love a higher quality rip!

    By Ethan Cohen-Rose on Jan 4, 2022

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