Pharoah Sanders: Japan




Pharoah Sanders (tenor & alto saxes, piccolo flute, voice)


Tauhid (Impulse GRD-129)

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Pharoah Sanders (tenor & alto saxes, piccolo flute, voice), Sonny Sharrock (guitar),

Dave Burrell, piano; Henry Grimes, bass; Roger Blank, drums; Nat Bettis, percussion


Composed by Pharoah Sanders


Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, November 15, 1966


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

In keeping with the spiritual nature of this album, Pharoah Sanders and his able partners create an aural image of the Land of the Rising Sun. Henry Grimes's plucky bass, Dave Burrell's dancing piano and Nat Bettis's bells all contribute to this musical picture of Sanders's experience from his visit to Japan in 1966 when he was with John Coltrane. Sanders's chant-like vocal is reminiscent of a Tibetan monk's incantation, and the tune ends appropriately with the sound of a deep-timbered gong.

Reviewer: Ralph A. Miriello


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