Pharoah Sanders – Black Unity


Hannibal Marvin Peterson’s trumpet and Pharoah’s tenor screech out of the melody in accord–their amity is in the process and the product.. Characteristic of Pharoah’s other work at this time, “Black Unity” rides an often static bass figure. In this way, while the improvisations may evoke the reflective or the frantic, an assertive central theme pervades in the lower register: determination (Does “A Love Supreme” rear its head towards the end?). The harmony is sparse, yet a profound sense of movement permeates throughout. Add exciting cymbal work, care of Billy Hart or Norman Connors, and the mix is complete. Black Unity is a true highlight among Sanders’ Avant-Garde articulations of Black cultural visions.


01. Black Unity

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