”Probably the best tenor player in the world”, said Ornette Coleman about him. ”Trane was the Father, Pharoah was the Son, I am the Holy Ghost«, said Albert Ayler. No matter what people have said or thought, there’s no doubt that Pharoah Sanders is one of a few giants left from the golden age of jazz. In addition, he still operates with a stunning vitality that means he plays his saxophone with depth, beauty and undiminished strength.
Where Kamasi Washington can be seen as a standard-bearer for ”spiritual jazz” today, Pharoah Sanders is one of its foundations. In the mid-sixties he made a name for himself as a member of John Coltrane’s band and was a significant contributor to albums such as Ascension and Meditations where jazz was brought into unknown territory. On several records he also collaborated with Alice Coltrane and Don Cherry, and no one should ever forget his solo discography – with a long line of important albums on Impulse! He was born Ferrell Sanders but got the name Pharoah from none other than Sun Ra. At Way Out West he will perform with The Pharoah Sanders Quartet which includes his long-time musical partner, piano player William Henderson. Prepare yourself for a powerful experience. As everyone knows The Creator Has a Master Plan.