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Izipho Zam
Pharoah Sanders
Izipho Zam
Genre: Jazz
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Japanese limited edition issue of the album classic in a deluxe, miniaturized LP sleeve replica of the original vinyl album artwork.


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All Artists: Pharoah Sanders
Title: Izipho Zam
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Bomba
Release Date: 2/26/2007
Album Type: Import
Genre: Jazz
Styles: Avant Garde & Free Jazz, Modern Postbebop, Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1


Album Description
Japanese limited edition issue of the album classic in a deluxe, miniaturized LP sleeve replica of the original vinyl album artwork.

CD Reviews

The "Paradise" Groove
Michael E. Royal | Sarasota, FL | 06/15/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It is easy to be with this recording. Prince of Peace is the evocation of peace, and celebrates it at the same time.
Leon Thomas soars over the rhythm section with his own brand of vocal virtuosity. Majid's drumming and bells create a "Paradise" groove, unparalled since "A Love Supreme". Pharoah is reaching as always. These are serious players! Intuitive playing at its best. 5 Stars for the group sound."
I just don't get this one.
Michael Stack | North Chelmsford, MA USA | 10/12/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)

""Izipho Zam (My Gifts)" is one of those albums that everyone but me seems to love. Recorded shortly before his Impulse! masterpiece "Karma", this album features more or less the same band, with contributions from a large number of musicians-- prominent among them vocalist Leon Thomas, alto saxophonist Sonny Fortune, Howerd Johnson (on tuba this time), guitarist Sonny Sharrock, pianist Lonnie Liston Smith, and a seemingly endless cast of basssists and percussionists, many of whom were associated with Sanders at this point.

Opener "Prince of Peace" is really the only piece I truly love on this one. Re-recorded a year later (in a superior arrangement and retitled "Hum-Allah-Hum-Allah-Hum-Allah") "Jewels of Thought", it is a melodic vocal feature for Thomas, where he sings his sort of meditative lyrics calling for piece before performing his unique yodelling improv. Sanders appears confined to percussion (of which there's a ton) on this piece, with no real contributuion on his part. Still, it's a lovely piece and certainly noteworthy.

But after that the album feels to come unglued to me. "Balance" fades in during what sounds to be the middle of the introductory statement to "The Creator Has a Masterplan", moves into a bluesy Monkish riff (it's interesting that only recently had I noted the compositional influence Monk seemed to have on Sanders' early work) and then into a frantic free improv section where Sanders wails away freely on top of the other horns with Johnson in counter on tuba. The problem is, I don't really feel much from the improv, some of the playing is exciting, but it just does nothing for me.

And speaking of doing little, the title track, a nearly half-hour long sprawling suite, slowly develops with Thomas yodelling and singing (wordlessly) until the piece settles into a groove irritatingly stated by Sharrock on clean-tone guitar (it seems fine until you realize the same riff gets aired and varied for the length of the piece), with Sanders occasionally showing up to air out some more of his "Creator Has a Masterplan" themes.

In the end, it all feels like a rehearsal-- even "Prince of Peace". It's not bad music, it's just that it can't stand up to the work Sanders did on Impulse. On the other hand, lots of folks enjoy this one immensely, start with "Karma" if you're new to Sanders, but this might sit better with you than me."
A Little Known Gem
Michael E. Royal | 11/14/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Karma's actual sister album is a little know gem. The first tune, Prince of Peace is better know to Sanders' fans as "Hum-Allah." This version is concise at 8:00. "Balance" walks the tightrope between structure and freedom more convincingly than any other Sanders track. Treat yourself! get It!"