Pharoah Sanders

Genres: Jazz
Tags: jazz free jazz avant-garde jazz saxophone psychedelic avant-garde Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Farrell Saunders, 13 October 1940, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA. By the time he left high school Sanders was proficient on several instruments, but eventually chose the tenor saxophone. After working in R&B bands he settled in New York in the early 60s where he became a frequent musical associate of Don Cherry, Albert Ayler and others active in the ‘free jazz’ movement and worked for a while in the Sun Ra Arkestra. For a couple of years beginning in 1965, he worked frequently with John Coltrane, playing on several influential recording sessions during the period when Coltrane was extending the boundaries he had previously breached with his music. Sanders’ playing with Coltrane was marked by a ferocious tone which sometimes growled, sometimes screeched and, within a limited range, he shaped intriguing and often adventurous phrases.

In 1968, Sanders played with the Jazz Composers Orchestra led by Michael Mantler and Carla...

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