The Wire (7/03, p.69) - "...The best tracks here are the longer ones - 'Pharomba' and, best of all, 'Doktor Pitt' - where Sanders has room to reveal his beautiful tone and authoritative way with changes..."
JazzTimes (6/03, p.132) - "...Sanders thrives here in his favorite setting....Full of guts..."
Personnel: Pharoah Sanders (tenor saxophone); John Hicks (piano); Walter Booker (bass); Idris Muhammad (drums).
Recorded live in California in 1981.
This album features Pharoah Sanders playing some no-nonsense tenor in a quartet with pianist John Hicks, bassist Walter Booker, and drummer Idris Muhammad. Sanders performs "It's Easy to Remember" (in a style very reminiscent of early-'60s John Coltrane), an original blues, and two of his compositions, including the passionate "You've Got to Have Freedom." The musicianship is at a high level and, although Sanders does not shriek as much as one might hope (the Trane-ish influence was particularly strong during this relatively mellow period), he is in fine form. ~ Scott Yanow
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