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    Pharoah Sanders “Izipho Zam” [Strata-East]

    Pharoah Sanders remains a regal presence, here we hear him
    ascending the pyramidal throne with a throng of amazing
    musicans. Sonny Sharrock is on here with bubbling guitar,
    dual double bass quadruple soul are laid solid by Sirone
    and Cecil McBee. Leon Thomas steals the show with a baritone
    yodel that is deeper than the soul…much of this album
    despite fiery flourishes, has an R&B skeleton. Sturdy yet
    flowing. “Prince of Peace” comes with bells of peace and
    sweet washes of sound. “Balance” has be-bop chops and
    Sharrock gets more turbulent on this. There’s a nice dry as
    a rattlesnake’s skin percussion break as well. The big
    payoff is the title track, all 28:50 of it. Thomas’ jazz
    yodel returns, transplanted from the river of “Prince”
    to a garden of sounds galore. Branches of percussion sway,
    thumb piano ferns wave and flutebird moves in and out
    of the growth. Free jazz, fire music in its most deceptively
    cool environs. All done in 1969…this along with “Tauhid”
    are essential Sanders. Towering.

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on July 27, 2004 at 1:37 am
  • Filed as 12-inch,Format,Jazz
  • 1 comment

  • One Comment

    The Honorable Mr Pharaoh Sanders is the Greatest reid man on Earth.

  • Comment by jjmaker, July 3rd, 2005 5:27 pm

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