Have loved Youve got to have Freedom the jazz dance classic for ever, but only recently heard the album it came from is both available and wonderful. Cant get past the first two tracks at the moment, all the higehst quality and so melodic from Pharoah. Honking and screeching well controlled and on the perfect edge here...
If you are familiar with the man and his work then you will know that he can 'play' with the very, very best. This album marked his transition into a more 'fusion' style of jazz that was very 80's. Much of this style of music was very ordinary and very forgettable.
Pharoah delivers a varied album here that will have at least a couple of tracks that will please any of his fans. It is rather more conventional than many of his recordings but he does show some of his range and diversity of playing that his fans love and new-listeners will be amazed by.
Well worth a listen and a very good example of the genre.
For some reason, Pharoah Sanders has not yet achieved the status amongst the wider public that he deserves. Perhaps he has lived too long in the shadow of his mentor, Coltrane. It's true that he picked up where Coltrane left off, and often pays homage to that great master, as here with 'After The Rain', but he is no copyist. This album contains a blend of varied styles and exotic instrumentation, but the one constant is the sound of Sanders' tenor, a distinct voice which at times cuts through violently and at others is spiritual and romantic. Highly recommended.
For all the variety of music that Sanders has recorded the thing that marks him out from most of the veterans of the 1960s `new thing' is his attachment to the groove. The typical appeal of a Sanders record is the incendiary tenor over a relatively predictable groove and this is no exception - the groove is supplied mostly Idris Mohammad, Ray Drummond and John Hicks supplemented on some tracks by Carl Lockett on guitar and/or Eddie Henderson on flugelhorn. A couple of tracks feature larger ensembles, there's a duet with with Joe Bonner. Some of the pieces look back to the kind of thing that Sanders was doing on his Impulse albums but the overall direction of the album is in tune with the more relatively melodic accoustic jazz that he was playing in the 1980s.
Given the dodgy recording quality of some of his earlier records one of the pleasures of this is the sound. You can also sing along to `You've got to have freedom' and `Think about the one'
It would be so difficult to choose my favorite Jazz track of all time,but Pharoah Sanders-Youve got to have freedom, has got to be a contender.An absolute monster tune on the British Jazz Dance scene, both Gilles Peterson and Colin Curtis have this on their play list as documented in the book : From Jazz Funk and Fusion to Acid Jazz (the history of the UK jazz dance scene) by Mark`Snowboy`Cotgrove. Totally recommended.