Pharoah Sanders – Thembi


Brimming with innovation, positivity and a pervasive sense of wonder, THEMBI may become your favorite Sanders album. These tracks represent a landmark confluence of many elements: Avant-Garde chaos, static harmony and a cultural revaluation of West African instrumentation, to name a few. Omnipresent, of course, is the unmistakable tempest of Pharoah blowing his tenor out to sea. It’s 1971, and this is a simultaneous celebration of the past and future of jazz set to the jingling bells of a Sunday afternoon be-in. THEMBI floats to a start with the ethereal Fender Rhodes musing of “Astral Traveling,” courtesy of Lonnie Liston Smith. Though Sanders has described the melody as an impromptu thread for the changes, his plaintive long tones are as charged as ever with wisdom. In the lower register is Cecil McBee, laying down the groove with entrancing vamp lines. The title track seems like an afterthought to the classic “The Creator,” replacing the traditional “head, solo, head” structure with something more closely resembling “mantra, solo, mantra.” Like much of Sanders’ other work, these recordings are simple in form, yet vast in content.


01. Astral Traveling
02. Red, Black & Green
03. Thembi
04. Love
05. Morning Prayer
06. Bailophone Dance

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2 Responses to “Pharoah Sanders – Thembi”

  1. Leif says:

    Is there any chance you guys will upload this again? I still have yet to hear it. Can’t find any Pharoah on vinyl except for Karma. Thanks for the blog

  2. Dr. Desorden says:

    todos los links de Pharoah Sander estan removidos, podrias hacer un especial de este musico de elite y subirlo (Es una observación)
    Por favor si eres tan amable y pudieras subirlo poco a poco te lo agradeceria…Salu2

    all Pharoah Sander – - > link removed– – >please upload – ->Please

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