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Pharoah Sanders: Journey to the One

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Personnel: Pharoah Sanders (tenor saxophone, tambura, sleigh bells); Bobby Mc Ferrin, Claudette Allen (vocals); Eddie Henderson (flugelhorn); John Hicks (piano); Joe Bonner (acoustic & electric piano); Paul Arslanian (harmonium, wind chimes); Bedria Sanders (harmonium); Mark Isham (Oberheim synthesizer); James Pomerantz (sitar); Yoko Ito Gates (kato); Carl Lockett, Chris Hayes (guitar); Ray Drummond, Joy Julks (bass); Idris Muhammad, Randy Merritt (drums); Phil Ford (tabla); Babatunde (shekere, congas); Vicki Randle, Ngoh Spencer, Donna Dickerson (background vocals)

Engineers: Bill Steele, Mark Needham, Doyle Williams.

Recorded at the Automatt and Bear West Studios, San Francisco, California. Includes liner notes by Philip Elwood.

This double LP contains all ten of Pharoah Sanders' performances from the Journey to One sessions. As usual, Sanders shifts between spiritual peace and violent outbursts in his tenor solos. The backup group changes from track to track but often includes pianist John Hicks, bassist Ray Drummond, and drummer Idris Muhammad. Sanders really recalls his former boss John Coltrane on "After the Rain" (taken as a duet with pianist Joe Bonner) and a romantic "Easy to Remember." Other high points include "You've Got to Have Freedom" (which has Bobby McFerrin as one of the background singers) and the exotic "Kazuko," on which Sanders is accompanied by kato, harmonium, and wind chimes. ~ Scott Yanow



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