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    Jazzbo manqué Mister Triscuits's Avatar
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    R.I.P. Pharoah Sanders

    This one really hurts. Karma is one of my desert island jazz albums.

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    RIP legend. My fav PS album is probably Thembi (I dig the overall vibe), but "The Creator Has a Master Plan" on Karma is one hell of a ride. Very different than other jazz of the era.

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    Sad news. I enjoy his work on the Impulse label. And lately I've been listening to In The Key Of The Universe. An album he guested on with another recently departed jazz great, Joey DeFrancesco.

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    Sorry to read it. I'm glad to have seen him live circa 1999 at the Jazz Showcase in Chicago. By then he'd dropped most of the cosmic music and was playing more "in the tradition" but it was a good show.

    As for favorite pieces/albums I'll go with Tauhid and "Upper and Lower Egypt."

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    He was an artist who never stopped growing, never stopped questing for the ineffable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chalkpie View Post
    RIP legend. My fav PS album is probably Thembi (I dig the overall vibe)
    Thembi is unbelievable. I've been looking for a decent original copy for years; I only have the MCA/Impulse CD.
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    Sorry to hear one of my favorite jazz musicians has left this plane. Rest in peace.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chalkpie View Post
    My fav PS album is probably Thembi (I dig the overall vibe)
    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Triscuits
    Thembi is unbelievable
    Thembi was my favorite for years but the album that really grew on me as I matured was Summun Bukmun Umyun.

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    Damn. A huge loss.

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    A huge loss! He was one of the most titanic musicians I have ever seen, and on record has some of the greatest moments in the history of jazz. His solo on records. such as Ascenison and on Karma are masterful. I am so sad to hear this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Triscuits View Post
    Thembi is unbelievable. I've been looking for a decent original copy for years; I only have the MCA/Impulse CD.
    Same here!

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    RIP to one of the greatests. Tauhid and Black unity are my faves.

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    Huge loss. A giant!
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    RIP.

    A unique voice in jazz. He remained relevant throughout his long carreer.

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    RIP don't know his stuff at all, listened to Karma last night. What else is essential?
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    Quote Originally Posted by NogbadTheBad View Post
    RIP don't know his stuff at all, listened to Karma last night. What else is essential?
    If you liked Karma any of the other records for Impulse is a safe bet. The albums mentioned above like Tauhid and Thembi seem to be consensus choices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NogbadTheBad View Post
    RIP don't know his stuff at all, listened to Karma last night. What else is essential?
    I'll let others recommend his solo stuff but man he's on some classics like Sonny Sharrock's Ask The Ages or Arcana's Arc Of The Testimony or Larry Young's Lawrence Of Newark. I always think of Pharoah when I hear Zorn playing sax on some of those Electric Masada albums.
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    Alice Coltrane's Ptah, The El Daoud is great album featuring Pharaoh, and Joe Henderson on both sax and flute. Karma is probably the best known of his Impulse! albums but I prefer Thembi, and Black Unity. Another favorite of mine is the exciting live album, Sun Ra: featuring Pharaoh Sanders & Black Harold on the ESP label recorded back in the mid 60s.
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    What's sort of mindblowing is that PS was a contemporary of Coltrane (albeit 14 years younger), but he's had almost an entire career beyond Coltrane...that's how young and tragic the loss of Trane was.

    I haven't searched out any interviews with PS discussing his time playing with JC, but I'd like to....

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    Descanse en Paz Maestro!

    I heard last night and so far today and as a little tribute:
    - Karma.
    - Thembi.
    - Black Unity.
    - Elevation.
    - Africa.
    - Naima.

    And NP:
    ... love it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NogbadTheBad View Post
    RIP don't know his stuff at all, listened to Karma last night. What else is essential?
    Man whatevers you pick from 65 to 75 is more than solid. But his late 60's works is pure gold

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zappathustra View Post
    Man whatevers you pick from 65 to 75 is more than solid. But his late 60's works is pure gold
    Agree 100%
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    Quote Originally Posted by chalkpie View Post
    I haven't searched out any interviews with PS discussing his time playing with JC, but I'd like to....
    I don't remember ever seeing or hearing a Pharoah Sanders interview. One of the early posthumous Coltrane bios apparently was from someone who knew the group a bit (as it had stories about their trip to Japan in 1966 and other stuff from that era) and mentioned that PS was an extremely soft spoken person.

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    Saw him at The Beacon Theater in NY early 70s on an unknown drug. RIP.


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    I’m really not very familiar with his long and esteemed career but I loved the recent album with Floating Points, and I will listen to many of these recommendations in tribute to a respected man RIP

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