Coltrane's right-hand man for a time and a giant of creative power in his own right, saxophonist Pharoah Sanders was one of the ultimate figures of the free jazz movement of the '60s and into the '70s. Taking a path often more spiritual than political, but melding the two, his music was riding high with solo albums like Karma, Thembi, and Jewels of Thought, all released on Impulse! during a particularly charged and prolific period between 1966 and 1971. Spiritual Blessings focuses on this rich creative period, with tunes coming mostly from these and other Sanders astral-jazz masterpieces of the time. Highlights are many, and include an edited take on "The Creator Has a Master Plan," a carefree and joyous ode to the higher powers of nature; the electric-piano driven "Astral Traveling"; and the hypnotic meditation "Hum-Allah-Hum-Allah-Hum-Allah."
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