This week the spotlight shines on Pharoah Sanders – a true visionary and legend playing Way Out West this year.
”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 Spirit”, said Albert Ayler.
Made his name in the mid-Sixties when he became a member of John Coltrane’s band and played on groundbreaking free jazz albums such as Ascension and Meditations. He also worked with Don Cherry and Alice Coltrane before leading his own ensemble. As a solo artist he released a long line of stellar solo recordings who came to define what we know as astral jazz or cosmic jazz.
The first concert Kamasi Washington went to as a kid was a show by Pharoah Sanders at the iconic World Stage in L.A.