Pharoah Sanders In the Beginning 1963-1964 (4-CD)

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Format: CD  (4 Discs)
Item:  ESPD 4069

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  • Number of Discs: 4
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  • Label: Esp Disk Ltd.

Entertainment Reviews:

Mojo (Publisher) - p.100
3 stars out of 5 -- "[An] instructive and enlightening 4CD collection..."

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.Pharoah Sanders Interview: Coming To New York
  • 2.Cocktail Piece [First Variation, Take 1]
  • 3.Cocktail Piece [First Variation, Take 2]
  • 4.Studio Engineer Announcement
  • 5.Cherry's Dilemma
  • 6.Studio Engineer Announcement
  • 7.Remembrance [First Variation]
  • 8.Medley: Light Blue / Coming On the Hudson / Bye-Ya / Ruby My Dear / Embassy Music
  • 9.Don Cherry Interview: Ornette's Influence, Pt. 1
  • 10.Don Cherry Interview: Ornette's Influence, Pt. 2
  • 11.Paul Bley Interview: 1960's Avant Garde
  • 12.Generous, Pt. 1 [Take 1]
  • 13.Generous, Pt. 1 [Take 2]
  • 14.Walking Woman [Take 1]
  • 15.Walking Woman [Take 2]
  • 16.Ictus
  • 17.After Session Conversation

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.Pharoah Sanders Interview: Musicians He Performed With, Pt. 1
  • 2.Bernard Stollman Interview: Meetin Pharoah Sanders
  • 3.Seven By Seven
  • 4.Bethera
  • 5.Pharoah Sanders Interview: Musicians He Performed With, Pt. 2

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • 1.Pharoah Sanders Interview: Meeting Sun Ra
  • 2.Dawn Over Israel
  • 3.The Shadow World
  • 4.The Second Stop is Jupiter
  • 5.Discipline #9
  • 6.We Travel the Spaceways

Tracks on Disc 4:

  • 1.Sun Ra Interview: Being Neglected As an Artist - (mono)
  • 2.Gods On Safari - (mono)
  • 3.The Shadow World - (mono)
  • 4.Rocket #9 - (mono)
  • 5.The Voice of Pan, Pt. 1 - (mono)
  • 6.Dawn Over Israel - (mono)
  • 7.Space Mates - (mono)
  • 8.The Voice of Pan, Pt. 2 - (mono)
  • 9.The Talking Drum - (mono)
  • 10.Conversation With Saturn - (mono)
  • 11.The Next Stop Mars - (mono)
  • 12.The Second Stop is Jupiter - (mono)
  • 13.Pathway To the Outer Known - (mono)
  • 14.Sun Ran Interview: Meeting John Coltrane - (mono)
  • 15.Pharoah Sanders Interview: John Coltran - (mono)
  • 16.Pharoah Sanders Interview: Playing At Slug's / Max Gordon - (mono)
  • 17.Pharoah Sanders Interview: Closing Comments - (mono)

Product Description:

Liner Note Author: Russ Musto.
Recording information: Judson Hall (01/03/1963); Stereo Sound Studios, New York, NY (01/03/1963); Judson Hall (05/25/1964); Stereo Sound Studios, New York, NY (05/25/1964); Judson Hall (09/27/1964); Stereo Sound Studios, New York, NY (09/27/1964); Judson Hall (12/30/1964-12/31/1964); Stereo Sound Studios, New York, NY (12/30/1964-12/31/1964).
Editor: Chris Nolte.
While the musical benefits Pharoah Sanders enjoyed as the direct result of his association with John Coltrane are indisputable (not to mention the instant high profile he received), it was hardly the beginning of the story. The four-disc The Pharoah Sanders Story: In the Beginning 1963-1964 may not be, either, but until we get earlier material, this fills out the saxophonist's portrait considerably. Compiled by Sun Ra Archive boss Michael D. Anderson for ESP-Disk, this first CD features two previously unreleased sessions with the Don Cherry Quintet and the Paul Bley Quartet in 1963 and 1964. Along with the music, there are separate archival interviews with all three men. Disc two compiles Sanders' first date as a leader for ESP (an unexceptional band mars the album, keeping it from what it could have been; Sanders' playing is fantastic), as well as a couple of interviews. The third and fourth CDs compile for the first time Sanders' historic performance with the Sun Ra Arkestra at New York City's Judson Hall in 1965, as well as interviews with Ra as well as Sanders. The Arkestra date is compelling for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that Sanders was asked to fill in for John Gilmore; other players on this unique date included flutist Black Harold (Harold Murray) and bassist Alan Silva. Some of this music was originally released as Sun Ra: With Pharoah Sanders and Black Harold in 1976, but this set includes the previously unissued, first known recording of "The Shadow World." While this collection will certainly appeal to Sanders completists, fans of Cherry, Bley, and Ra also have reason to celebrate too. More even than these listeners, The Pharoah Sanders Story: In the Beginning 1963-1964 is one of those dream-come-true releases for avant-jazz archivists. ~ Thom Jurek

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