Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Save Our Children
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Reading John Szwed's fascinating Space is the Place: The Life and Times of Sun Ra, you meet "Farrell" Sanders, whom the bandleader ardently convinced to pronounce and spell his name "Pharoah" and extend his already woolly ... more »
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Reading John Szwed's fascinating Space is the Place: The Life and Times of Sun Ra, you meet "Farrell" Sanders, whom the bandleader ardently convinced to pronounce and spell his name "Pharoah" and extend his already woolly tenor saxophone style even further. So developed some of the 1960s' most unbridled free-jazz wails, especially where Sanders and Coltrane teamed up in the latter's late-period band (as on Live in Japan). But Sanders eventually moved into the realms of sultry balladry, especially that caught on Crescent with Love, and then his late-1990s period, where he's squared up with producer Bill Laswell. Here Sanders leads his second Verve-Laswell session, with numerous collaborators (East Indian percussionists Zakir Hussain and Trilok Gurtu; keyboardists Bernie Worrell, William Henderson, and Jeff Bova; and even Tony Cedras on harmonium). All the edges are rounded and unfierce, with Sanders's tone mostly sweet and lilting, and the dub-tinged tunes draw comparisons well beyond ballads and postbop, reaching toward a geographically unspecific Middle Eastern mix. The vibes are cool. But the music seems a bit less than it could be at most points, except during the eerie "Ancient Song" with its mournful double-reed melody and the mbira-backed "Far-Off Sand." --Andrew Bartlett
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Beyond the reach of Jazz snobs, RIP.
Stephen | 10/13/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is not a Jazz album. This is not an album to have as background music. This is not a hip-hop venture to capture the ears of a younger audience. This is the world class drumming of Trilok Gurtu, beyond duplication. This the incredible fluid and furious bass lines of Charnet Moffett. This the unique production quality of Bill Laswell, one of his better more focused efforts, without question. This is the freaky deaky sounds from the Mothership Connection as provided by Bernie Warell, (yet another original.) This album is full of the whose who of unique progressive musicians to date. The effort is focused on creating new unique spiritual music with plenty of cosmic extacy. Pharoah is saying more with his playing at this point in his career than he ever had before. Critics will always hold on to their personal past associations as a measuring stick for new invention that has little to do with the past. This CD is like nothing you have ever heard before. So get over it!
I am now my second copy of this CD. I can't get enough of it."
Nearly Sanders Best
Stephen | 11/14/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It took a while to get into this cd. Though I often admire Bill Laswell, sessions that he produces are often terribly uneven (except Sharrock's Ask the Ages where he basically lets the music do the talking). The title track starts with an "ambient" percussion section that makes you want to say "laswell is a genius." This is followed by an "afro-pop" song/rap that makes you want to say "why does Laswell have to mess with everything." The problem today is, everybody thinks you have to fill up a whole CD with music. Try programing this disc without the "smooth jazz" Midnight in berkely and the title track and I believe you will find this could have been Pharoah's best album and it still clocks in at about 50 minutes."
Some great stuff
Stephen | Virginia Beach, VA USA | 11/03/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Though the vocal title track and the very "smooth-jazz like" Midnight are not Pharoah's best work, some of the reviewers below show that they are nor in tune to pharoah's esthetic. To call this CD a sell-out is ridiculous. Pharoah's work has ALWAYS been a search for peace in a troubled world.When I put this CD in, I start at track three and what a wonderful CD this becomes. Jewels of Love is an excellent though rather smooth tune and the reworking of the earlier Kazuko is beautiful. Then with "The Ancient Sounds" things get really great. Alex Blake is probably the best unknown bassist (or musician) working today. He propels this track the way he does on Randy Weston's recent work. Over this bass and layered percussion, Pharoah once again shows that his high register playing is not a gimmick, he is actually controlling the notes in a range wher others cant even reach (this guy is 60 years old-a poster boy for clean living). The CD finishes with the sublime percussion of the Far Off Sands.Though this CD has a couple of real weaknesses, I find that its one of my most played."