Pharoah Sanders  

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"Pharoah Sanders' music has been called "spiritual jazz" due to his inspiration in religious concepts such as karma and tawhid on Karma and Tauhid, and his rich, meditative aesthetic."--Sholem Stein

You prophesied the return of mandolins
and tambourines and tinkling bells,
and triangles and cymbals,
and they sided in on beams from Pharoah Sanders as I slept
taking me unaware, tripping,
blowing my mind.

—"Sweet Songs" (1976) by Sarah Webster Fabio

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Pharoah Sanders (born October 13, 1940) is an American jazz saxophonist. Ornette Coleman once described him as "probably the best tenor player in the world." Most of Sanders' best-selling work was made in the late 1960s and early 1970s for Impulse Records, including the 30-minute wave-on-wave of free jazz "The Creator has a Master Plan" from the album Karma. Sanders's works influenced a new generation when his music was a major influence on the British acid jazz scene from the late 1980s and 1990s. In 2005 his work was compiled on the British CD two-disc career retrospective anthology You've Got to Have Freedom.


Selected discography

With John Coltrane

  • 1965 - Kulu Se Mama
  • 1965 - Om
  • 1965 - Meditations
  • 1965 - Ascension
  • 1965 - Live In Seattle
  • 1966 - Live At The Village Vanguard Again!
  • 1966 - Live In Japan
  • 1967 - Expression
  • 1967 - The Olatunji Concert: The Last Live Recording

Under his own name

With others

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