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Pharoah Sanders: Rejoice

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Personnel: Pharoah Sanders (tenor saxophone, vocals, bells), B. Kazuko Ishida, George V. Johnson (vocals), Danny Moore (trumpet), Steve Turre (trombone), Lois Colin (harp), Bobby Hutcherson (vibraphone), Joe Bonner (piano, background vocals), John Hicks (piano), Peter Fujii (guitar, background vocals), Jorge Pomar (bass, background vocals), Art Davis (bass), Babatunde (drums, percussion, background vocals), Elvin Jones, Billy Higgins (drums), Big Black (percussion, background vocals).

Background vocalists: Flame Braithwaite, Sakinah Muhammad, Yvette S. Vanterpool, Bobby London, Carroll Wilson Scott.

Recorded at Power Station Studios, New York and Bear West Studios, San Francisco, California. Includes liner notes by Herb Wong.

A two-LP set on Theresa, Rejoice features Pharoah Sanders in excellent form in 1981. Sanders sounds much more mellow than he had a decade earlier, often improvising in a style similar to late-'50s John Coltrane, particularly on "When Lights Are Low," "Moments Notice," and "Central Park West." The personnel changes on many of the selections and includes such top players as pianists Joe Bonner and John Hicks, bassist Art Davis, drummers Elvin Jones and Billy Higgins, vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, trombonist Steve Turre, trumpeter Danny Moore, a harpist, and (on "Origin" and "Central Park West") five vocalists. The music always holds one's interest, making this one of Sanders' better later recordings. ~ Scott Yanow


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