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Thembi [Original recording remastered]

Roy Haynes, Michael White, Pharoah Sanders Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (20 Mar 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Impulse!
  • ASIN: B000024Y5J
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,487 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  3. Thembi (Album Version) 7:02Album Only
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"Thembi" is an abbreviation of "Nomathemba", which is an African Xhose name, meaning hope, faith and love. These are the three emotions which underpin Pharoah Sanders' music and, as the title suggests, this album is no different. Although recorded over two sessions there is a feeling of unity, both musically and spiritually, to it. Using a variety of percussive instruments, with three of the tracks featuring four African musicians, Sanders mixes his post-Coltrane free blowing with what would now be called world music. Also present are Lonnie Liston Smith (here still in his pre-funk days) and solid musicians such as Roy Haynes (drums) and Cecil Mcbee on bass and bird effects! The tracks average around the six-minute mark, so Sanders wastes no time into getting into his brand of hurricane soloing. Previously this album has not been the easiest to get hold of but now with Impulse's reissue policy the unique music of Sanders is more easily available, carrying the message of hope, faith and love. And bird effects. --Phil Brett

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tricky genius 18 Dec 2006
Format:Audio CD
Pharaoh Saunders albums are always difficult propositions. I bought Mantra some years ago and even though I play it occasionally, the long wailing, screaming atonal passages are too much to make it more than an intermittant pleasure. It's not that I dislike it - I always have difficulty understanding why people find the likes of Albert Ayler and Ornette Coleman 'tuneless', to me their music makes perfect sense, it's just a case of accepting what they do on their own merits - it's just that it's very difficult to find a point of referenc, a bit like trying to grab hold of a fast moving river.

But I digress, though for a very good reason. Thembi is the Pharaoh Saunders record that you can listen to without an overwhelming sense that what you are doing is inately masochistic. Certainly there are moments of blood-thumping maddness, but it's relative pastoralism, chiming melodicism and relatively short track times make this a pleasure to listen to. That isn't to say this is Saunders-lite, it's just that it's delivered in concise slices and all the better for it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars thembi 1970/71. 15 Mar 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
pharoah's music makes you listen,there's subtlety and some sort of what sounds like mayhem thrown in,blows you away then leaves you sitting still,unique,full of style from a band of dedicated musicians well worth a listen as is his similar late 60's early 70's material aquired taste maybe, then stunning.
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