terça-feira, 23 de março de 2010

Pharoah Sanders - Oh Lord, Let Me Do No Wrong (1987)

Although Pharoah Sanders was originally considered a firebrand, thanks to his wild early free jazz work in the '60s, his later records are actually more in the tradition of players like his one-time leader John Coltrane and, especially, Rahsaan Roland Kirk. The title track from this 1987 session could have been on any of Kirk's Atlantic albums, a mixture of gospel sway and free jazz honk that builds into a hypnotic swoon under Leon Thomas' rich baritone vocals. (Thomas also appears on his own composition, the blues "If It Wasn't for a Woman," and the closing "Next Time You See Me.") On the extended, relaxed take of Coltrane's "Equinox," Sanders doesn't try to copy his former boss' phrasing, but there's certainly a Coltrane-like elegance to Sanders' lyrical solo. In fact, Sanders' playing on the standard "Polka Dots and Moonbeams," which also features a lovely Vince Guaraldi-like piano solo by William S. Henderson III, is downright pretty. Oh Lord, Let Me Do No Wrong is a mellow and peaceful set by a player who no longer needs to make noise; whether old-school fans will appreciate this is debatable.
by Stewart Mason at All Music Guide

Free Jazz

01 Oh Lord, Let Me Do No Wrong
02 Equinox
03 Polka Dots and Moonbeams
04 If It Wasn't for a Woman
05 Clear Our of This World
06 Next Time You See Me


Pharoah Sanders - tenor saxophone
Donald Smith - electric piano
William S. Henderson III - acoustic piano
Tarik Shah - bass
Greg Banoy - drums
Leon Thomas - vocals

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