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Elevation (Reis)
Pharoah Sanders
Elevation (Reis)
Genres: Jazz, Pop
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Limited Edition Japanese pressing of this album comes housed in a miniature LP sleeve. 2007.


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All Artists: Pharoah Sanders
Title: Elevation (Reis)
Members Wishing: 4
Total Copies: 0
Label: Impulse Records
Original Release Date: 1/1/2005
Re-Release Date: 9/27/2005
Album Type: Original recording remastered
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Styles: Avant Garde & Free Jazz, Modern Postbebop, Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 602498802793


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Limited Edition Japanese pressing of this album comes housed in a miniature LP sleeve. 2007.

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Great music, great musicians, lousy record company
Erik Srgaard | Norway | 09/30/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The 5 stars is for the music - recorded live in 1973.
Elevation is one of Pharoas finest recordings containing some
of the best music from the period. With influences from Africa,
India and - something that is always at the heart of Sanders`
music -the blues. And not to forget - there is a lot of joy
and happiness here.
Unfortunately -what we get is not the complete picture. It is
understandable that the original lp only contained parts of the
performances. But a cd can contain close to 90 minutes of music
so it would have been possible for Impulse to put out a cd with
the complete tracks.But then of course - it is cheaper to put out
Mosaic would do a better job with this great music.

A much better recording mangled by poor production choices.
Michael Stack | North Chelmsford, MA USA | 09/28/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)

"A decent record marred by bizarre production choices, "Elevation" is primarily a live album, recorded in September of 1973, with one brief piece from a studio date shortly thereafter. Pharoah Sanders, heard here on tenor and soprano saxes as well as an array of percussion and vocal is joined on the live tracks by pianist Joe Bonner, bassist Calvin Hill (who doubles on tamboura on a few tracks), percussionists Lawrence Killian, John Blue, Jimmy Hopps and drummer Michael Carvin. The studio piece ("Greeting to Saud") adds violinist Michael White, inaudible vocalist Sedatrius Brown and percussionist Kenneth Nash with Carvin sitting out.

The four live tracks show remarkable diversity-- opener "Elevation" feels closely related to "A Love Supreme" and "The Creator Has a Masterplan" with Sanders stating a four note theme and providing lovely solos before catching fire and exploding. The piece begins to cool off a bit when Hill takes a stunning bass solo leading into a staggered theme statement. But just as the piece starts to cook again, it fades out! This is a theme that repeats throughout the remainder of the tracks, be it the West-Indian tinged "Ore-Se-Rere" (which truthfully doesn't sit well with me at all-- I find it to a be quite frankly a bit irritating) and lovely soprano-over-drone piece "Spiritual Blessing" (one of the real highlights of the record). Thankfully spared this editing is the South African-influenced Sander screech-fest "The Gathering" (where again after Sanders brings the piece to a boil simmers with a superb solo from Hill), but the damage is pretty much done-- the editing really ruined the experience for me.

The studio track is interesting enough-- with lovely piano statements over a tamboura drone and a literal wall of percussion before a moody violin enters. But as one would expect, just as the piece starts to develop, it fades out.

One piece of good news-- sonically it lives up to the usual Impulse! reissues, but I miss the days before GRP/Impulse! was bought by Verve and they used to actually put some effort into reissues-- this is the sort of piece that could have really benefitted from having tracks restored. Newcomers to Sanders should start with "Karma", it's his best known for a reason, this one is probably for fans only."
Essential Pharoah
R. Bland | 11/17/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"A gem because it is mostly live, recorded at a defunct club in L.A. for unconventional styles. You must accept that at any moment P. Sanders can go from serene to surreal. If you can hold on, he'll bring it full circle. A good introduction or addition to a fan."