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Thembi - Verve By Request Edition

    Released in 1971 on Impulse and recorded with two different ensembles, Thembi marked a departure from the slowly developing, side-long, mantra-like grooves Sanders had been pursuing for much of his solo career. Instead, it offers an intriguingly wide range of relatively concise ideas resulting in something of an anomaly in Sanders' prime period.

    This Verve By Request title is pressed on 180-gram vinyl at Third Man in Detroit.


    Side A
    1. Astral Traveling
    2. Red, Black & Green
    3. Thembi
    Side B
    1. Love
    2. Morning Prayer
    3. Bailophone Dance

    Pharoah Sanders

    Harvest Time (Radio Edit) / Love Will Find A Way (Radio Edit) (RSD24 EDITION)



      Pharoah Sanders


        With Pharoah Sanders’ blessing, we present the definitive, remastered version of Pharoah, his seminal record from 1977, in an embossed 2 LP box set. Alongside the original record, we’re including two previously unreleased live performances of his masterpiece, “Harvest Time," and a 24-page booklet with rarely seen photographs and ephemera, which tell the story of this album and this moment in Pharoah’s life in a way that has never been done before—including through interviews with many of the participants and a conversation with Pharoah himself.

        For those of you who already know this record, then you know that its origin story is as elusive as Pharoah was about everything Pharoah. It was born out of a misunderstanding between him and the India Navigation producer Bob Cummins, and was recorded when he was at a crossroads in his career with an unlikely crew. Among them was a guitarist who was also a spiritual guru, an organist who would go on to co-write and produce “The Message,” and a classically trained pianist—his wife at the time, Bedria Sanders—who played the harmonium despite never having seen one. At times ambient and serene, at others funky and modal, PHAROAH radically departed from his earlier work. And it became beloved.

        Last fall, we were working with Pharoah on this project when he unexpectedly passed away. At first, it was hard to know what to do. We loved him, and the reason you do all of this is not solely for the music, but also for the person who made it. It’s their personality, their humor, and their wishes that drive you forward. So, we decided to go deep into the research. We set out to create something that showed Pharoah and his music in a new light.

        Over the next few months, we’re going to share with you all the amazing things we found, from personal photos of Pharoah to newspaper clippings that people saved in their time capsules. (Sign up at the link in our bio to get updates.) And we’re going to share the live versions of “Harvest Time,” which turn the original piece on its head.

        For seasoned listeners and new acolytes both, Pharoah will never sound the same.


        A1. Harvest Time
        B1. Love Will Find A Way
        B2. Memories Of Edith Johnson
        Harvest Time Live 1977
        C1. Harvest Time Live – Version 1
        D1. Harvest Time Live – Version 2

        CD1 - Pharoah
        1. Harvest Time
        2. Love Will Find A Way
        3. Memories Of Edith Johnson
        CD2 - Harvest Time Live 1977
        1. Harvest Time Live – Version 1
        2. Harvest Time Live – Version 2

        Pharoah Sanders

        Africa - 2023 Reissue

          Pharoah Sanders possesses one of the most distinctive tenor saxophone sounds in jazz, which has earned him royal status amongst free jazz players, critics and collectors. Harmonically rich and heavy with overtones, his sound can be as raw and abrasive as it is possible for a saxophonist to produce. His 1987 album Africa is soulful but also searching for a strong groove at the same time. The album is recorded with John Hicks, Curtis Lundy and Idris Muhammad and was an explicit tribute to his late mentor John Coltrane, another giant of jazz.


          Side A
          1. You've Got To Have Freedom
          2. Naima

          Side B
          1. Origin
          2. Speak Low

          Side C
          1. After The Morning
          2. Africa

          Side D
          1. Heart To Heart
          2. Duo

          Pharoah Sanders

          Black Unity (Verve By Request Series)

            For 1971’s Black Unity, Pharaoh Sanders added groove to foundation of spiritual and free jazz he had explored on his previous Impulse! albums. The result is a piercing and emotive 37-minute rhythm-driven title track exploration of African, Latin, aborigine and Native American sounds. This Verve By Request title is pressed on 180-gram vinyl at Third Man in Detroit.

            TRACK LISTING

            Side A
            1. Black Unity – Part 1
            Side B
            2. Black Unity – Part 2

            Pharoah Sanders

            Great Moments With

              The double-LP Great Moments With documents the music of Pharoah Sanders from 1983 to 1990, showcasing both the raw energy and tender nature of his music. It contains 12 of his recordings, including "Africa", "Naima", "You've Got To Have Freedom" and also the previously unreleased version of "Central Park West". Featured guest musicians are John Hicks, Idris Muhammad, Curtis Lundy, Benny Golson, Cedar Walton, Ron Carter and more jazz masters. For this compilation, Bret Primack has written new liner notes and Timeless Records founders Ria and Wim Wigt share additional great moments from Sanders' sublime work.

              Mark De Clive Lowe & Friends

              Freedom - Celebrating The Music Of Pharoah Sanders

              Electronic jazz pioneer, pianist, producer, re-mixer Mark de Clive-Lowe has an envious reputation as a cross genre creative artist who blends acoustic, electronic and world music exploring themes of belonging and identity. Equal parts jazz, house, hip hop and broken beat artist, Jazziz summed him up perfectly - "way before jazz hybridity became a worldwide phenomenon, de Clive-Lowe was busy designing its blueprint.”

              Freedom is a live concert recording made at the Blue Whale, Los Angeles - where Mark put together a Los Angeles based collective made up by very accomplished and suitably talented Teodross Avery – saxophone, Corbin Jones - bass, souzaphone drummer Tommaso Cappellato Carlos Nino – percussion and the highly renowned spiritual jazz vocalist Dwight Trible.

              Reinterpreting a set of Pharoah Sanders highly respected music is not for the creatively timid, and Mark himself sets out the approach and philosophy this collective took when approaching this project: “This album is a celebration of the music, joy and spirit that the great master-teacher Pharoah Sanders brings to the world through his lifelong creative journey. We gathered at Los Angeles’ Blue Whale jazz club to perform some of our favorite Pharoah compositions from a place of love, respect and gratitude for all the inspiration he’s brought to each of us. No one can play this music how Pharoah plays it - his expression is unique and imprinted on every one of his compositions in the deepest of ways. We can’t possibly improve on his mastery and share this music simply as a heartfelt thank you to Pharoah - we celebrate you, and are so grateful for all the timeless - and timely - music you have gifted to the world”.

              Across this 12 track album the unique approach of improvised jazz is embellished with MDCL’s tasteful and subtle touches of electronica played & triggered – from behind his array of equipment he reinvigorates and energises the music with a deft and tasteful approach and the interplay between the musicians including vocalist Dwight Trible is flawless and more akin to a extensively rehearsed studio recording than a live concert, such are the skills of all the players.

              The highlights are many and varied, from the delicate, sensitive Mansions World and Astral Travelling to the intense and rhythmically driven tracks OreSe-Rere and Teodross Avery’s spine tingling saxophone clarion call that opens the ever green ‘You’ve Got To Have Freedom’ is a beautiful tribute from one generation of master musicians to Pharoah – one of the greatest ever.

              STAFF COMMENTS

              Millie says: A beautiful, touching tribute of Pharoah Sanders, Mark De Clive Lowe and a host of other artists reimagine his powerful music which is no easy task but it's delivered in the most celebratory way, filled with emotion and admiration for a great musician while exploring important themes of freedom and identity.

              TRACK LISTING

              DISC ONE
              A1 Upper Egypt
              A2 Elevation
              A3 Colors
              B1 You’ve Got To Have Freedom
              B2 Thembi
              B3 Astral Travelling
              DISC TWO
              C1 The Creator Has A Master Plan
              C2 Greeting To Saud (Brother McCoy Tyner)
              C3 Love Is Everywhere
              D1 Mansions World
              D2 Ore-Se-Rere
              D3 Memories Of Lee Morgan

              DISC ONE
              01 Upper Egypt
              02 Elevation
              03 Colors
              04 You’ve Got To Have Freedom
              05 Thembi
              06 Astral Travelling
              DISC TWO
              01 The Creator Has A Master Plan
              02 Greeting To Saud (Brother McCoy Tyner)
              03 Love Is Everywhere
              04 Mansions World
              05 Ore-Se-Rere
              06 Memories Of Lee Morgan

              Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra


              Promises is the result of three distinct musical worlds colliding. Pharoah Sanders’ jazz improvisation and Flo Po’s twinkling electronics are layered over the string section of the LSO, bound together by a loose symphonic structure. These are textures that rarely sit together in a single composition, yet somehow they seamlessly knit into a cohesive whole. It’s quite a feat, one that could only be pulled off by artists as accomplished as these.

              The entire album revolves around a recurring phrase played by Sam Shepherd on the piano, harpsichord and celesta. This phrase becomes the central pulse around which the other textures float, suspended in the space inbetween. The loose tempo allows for the improvised saxophone passages to flow freely and for Pharaoh to lean into the most tender moments of his performance.

              At the beginning of the album the string section gradually emerges like a delicate silver thread before building through a series of sweeping chord progressions and moments of bittersweet dissonance. This leads into the third movement where Sam Shephard’s deft synth arrangement becomes the focal point. And later on we hear a hushed vocal performance from Pharoah. It’s one of the most touching moments of the album, with years of lived experience seeping through every crack and bend of his voice in a captivating way.

              Promises is an album of subtle expression which invokes a feeling of boundlessness. It’s a wide open sonic space where each note is allowed to resonate to its full conclusion. There’s a constant feeling of push and pull, of tension and release, though it never really resolves fully. Something is always left hanging in the air - a question, a prayer, an inexplicable feeling. It’s perhaps one of the most surprising and profound releases of the year. 

              STAFF COMMENTS

              Matt says: A beautiful orchestral piece that while both resplendent with FP's and PS's wonderful idiosyncrasies; recalls the gorgeous depth of Prefab Sprout's "I Trawl The Megahertz" but without the vocal parts! Epic!

              TRACK LISTING

              Side 1
              1. Promises (Movement 1) (1:16)
              2. Promises (Movement 2) (3:56)
              3. Promises (Movement 3) (3:16)
              4. Promises (Movement 4) (3:39)
              5. Promises (Movement 5) (6:06)

              Side 2
              1. Promises (Movement 6) (8:25)
              2. Promises (Movement 7) (3:26)
              3. Promises (Movement 8) (9:57)
              4. Promises (Movement 9) (5:43)

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