Pharoah Sanders


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Pharoah Sanders gently acknowledges several standards, John Coltrane, a Richard Davis original, and the blues of T-Bone Walker on Naima. This is not the Pharoah of Jewels of Thought, Karma, or Izipho Zam. Gone is the free jazz screeching and African percussion. This is simply a beautiful, laid-back, straight-ahead jazz date. Sanders proves that moving forward simply means not repeating yourself. Sanders examined all aspects of free jazz and then moved on. While some may be disappointed with this laid-back approach, keep in mind that if anybody can bring something new to standards like "Summertime" or "Over the Rainbow" it's Pharoah Sanders.

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