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Live at the East [Limited Edition, Original recording remastered, Import]

Pharoah Sanders Audio CD

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5.0 out of 5 stars At last...after being unavailable for decades!!!!! 13 Nov 2003
By J. Michael Short - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Twenty three or 24 years ago I heard "Healing Song" played on a college radio station in Moscow, ID. of all places. I had been taping the broadcast because the DJ played a wonderfully eclectic blend of obscure music from the fringes of the Jazz genre. "Healing Song", the first cut on this ramastered CD, is for me, the finest recording of Pharoah Sanders' early post-Coltrane period. It is a gem...and aptly named. Sanders's tenor opens with a strong individual proclamation. That voice plunges head-on into a cacophany of percussion, bass (Cecil McBee and Stanley Clarke!) flute, trumpet and voices that range from frenetic, free improvisation, to reaching an exultant resolution of the highest order...and we, the listeners, are carried along on this healing journey. The contribution of pianist Joseph Bonner, who worked with Sanders from time to time into the 1980's, deserves special mention here. He is listed as co-composer, and his ringing keyboards are the perfect match for the ensemble sound achieved here. This music is not for everyone, but Sanders fans will find resolution and fullfullment with this important live recording (1971-72?). I only wish the liner notes were in English (as well as the Japanese)....But that's alright...the music speak for itself, and I've been waiting over two decades to get my hands on this recording!!!!!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an underrated classic finally finds it's way to cd 22 Dec 2003
By Michael Javier - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
It has been a long wait, but finally this outstanding music is on cd. Healing Song is the definitive song from Pharoah's association with Impulse. Forget about The Creator Has A Master Plan, this song is the essence of what Pharoah was about. The title is apt, as the twenty plus minute track is a whirling dirvish of percussion, acoustic bass, chanting and Pharoah dealing his circular breathing deluxe over, under and with a beautiful and "healing" melody. This track has stayed constantly in my head for the past 26 years, ever since I first discovered the original lp in a cutout bin during my college days. The rest of the music is good, but the title track is indeed like a religious experience. If you have enjoyed any of Pharoah's offerings, you really need to check out this one and be HEALED!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not live, but great regardless 19 Oct 2007
By Richard Cantwell - Published on Amazon.com
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Track #1 "The Healing Song" is by far Pharoah's best. EVER. The melody is hypnotic, the energy is overwhelming. Better even than "Creator", which to his fans is blasphemous. Check out the bass work of Cecil McBee
and a very young Stanley Clarke. EXCELLENT! Must buy for all fans of this
genre. I was recently made aware that "Live at the East" was actually not recorded live on location (because it would be too expensive)but the East "family" was relocated to a studio for a "Live" effect. Still a FANTASTIC recording.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great lost gem. 13 Oct 2005
By Michael Stack - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
A nearly lost gem that was briefly available in Japan, "Live at the East" is one of the most consistently and astonishingly brilliant albums Pharoah Sanders has ever put out. This is somewhat surprising as Sanders was without both pianist Lonnie Liston Smith and vocalist Leon Thomas, both of whom contributed heavily to his previous albums and their success. In their place, Sanders had a pianist and a percussionist who would be part of his music for the next several years-- Joe Bonner and Lawrence Killian. In addition, a pair of musicians who would go on to enormous careers in other forms of music-- bassist Stanley Clarke and drummer Norman Connors, appear here. The result is nothing short of astounding.

The three pieces have the same vibe that most of Sanders' early work does-- that spiritually informed free jazz sound. But with Clarke and bassist Cecil McBee, the pieces virtually all end up as features for the bass-- it's stunning to hear just how advanced Clarke, known for his electric bass skills, is on the upright. Opener (and lengthiest track) "Healing Song" is probably the most like Sanders' early work, with the leader stating the theme passionately before moving into an extended improv that included a fantastic bass duet. "Lumkili" revolves around drones, ringing percussion, and moaned vocals, and really serves as a framing for an extended bass dialog. "Memories of J.W. Coltrane" seems to point towards the far future-- a fairly conventional theme statement over a framing piano line again with just unnervingly brilliant basswork and really gives Sanders a chance to show how stunning his reed playing is.

This Japanese reissue is packaged in a mini-LP sleeve and just sounds fantrastic-- the remastering done renders the recording crisp and well balanced, with detail of the neverending jawdropping bass work being clear. The liner notes are, unfortunately, only in Japanese.

Long story short, for fans of Sanders, this one is well worth both the effort to find and the investment. If you're curious about Sanders, start with "Karma", that's his best known, but this one is essential for fans.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Spiritual Jazz Album 22 May 2013
By Mark Frederick - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a superb record that I think most jazz fans of the period, and even casual jazz listeners would be able to enjoy.
I was very lucky and found a clean original Impulse Record of this the other day.
Since there are complaints about the lack of original liner notes in English on this Japan reissue (which I do not have) I will type them so those folks can read them. They are essentially an awareness prayer:

The Creator my Father, the Devine
Principle which flows thru me is All,
All that the Creator is I am...We are, We are We are.
I thank the Creator for undivided
Faith, for to have undivided Faith in
the Creator is to have undivided Faith in your self.
Self Love, Self Love, Self Love, is
Love for the Creator, love for the Creator
is Love for all, all your Brothers, and
Sisters. It is so easy to love your
Brothers and Sisters when you have love
for self, for you are, we are all One.
Look within, there is no need to
look back, or forward. Look within
you contain the knowledge of all Times
I thank The Creator for Universal
intelligent and Divine Wisdom. I ask
I give thanks and I receive, for I am.....

We are, We are.
I will Direct only Positive Vibrations
toward all my Brothers, and Sisters.
I will not accept Negative Vibrations,
I will not send out Negative Vibrations,
for to do so would dim the light
within me, which is the light of the
Creator I am, We are.
I have no energy to give to Negativism.
To give energy to Negative thought, and actions
is to receive Negative thoughts, and actions.
To give to receive, to give is to receive.
We Are All One.
Stop, Stop stepping back. Step in and
Be still and know God.
The Creator is All Love and Harmony.
There is no fear or Doubt in the Creator.
All we do is before the Creator.
For We Are, the Creator is All one.
-Pharoah Sanders
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