Pharoah Sanders

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Pharoah Review

by John Bush

Pharoah Sanders album for the India Navigation label was known alternately as Pharoah or Harvest Time, sees his vision of the jazz group -- a sonic melange approximating nirvana -- beginning to drift into watery new age muzak. Obviously, the playing is excellent (especially Steve Neil on bass), but the 20-minute title track goes nowhere in its search for bluesy riffs, Sanders' vocal on "Love Will Find a Way" sounds quite out of place, and "Memories of Edith Johnson" is five minutes of a boringly repetitive organ line. Clearly, Pharoah Sanders was losing his way a full ten years after the death of John Coltrane.

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