Pharoah Sanders  

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Hum-Allah, hey
Hum-Allah, hey
Hum-Allah, hey

Prince of peace won't you hear our pleas
And ring your bells of peace

--"Hum-Allah-Hum-Allah-Hum-Allah (Prince of Peace)" (1969) by Pharoah Sanders

The creator has a master plan,
peace and happiness for every man.
The creator has a working plan,
peace and happiness for every man.

--"The Creator Has a Master Plan" (1969) by Pharoah Sanders

"On the Sanders album, Jewels of Thought, released in 1969 is a song entitled “Hum Allah – Hum Allah – Hum Allah,” which makes clear how much Islam had become part of the zeitgeist of the 1960s for African Americans."--The Cambridge Companion to Boxing (2019) Gerald Early

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Pharoah Sanders (1940 – 2022) was an American saxophonist active in jazz. A member of John Coltrane's groups of the mid-1960s, Sanders was known for his overblowing, harmonic, and multiphonic techniques on the saxophone, as well as his use of "sheets of sound". He released over 30 albums as a leader and collaborated extensively with Leon Thomas and Alice Coltrane, among others.

Sanders' music has been called spiritual jazz due to his inspiration in religious concepts such as tawhid on Tauhid (1967) and karma on Karma (1969), and his rich, meditative aesthetic. This style was seen as a continuation of Coltrane's work on albums such as A Love Supreme.

Noteworthy compositions include "The Creator Has a Master Plan" (1969), "Hum-Allah-Hum-Allah-Hum-Allah (Prince of Peace)" (1969), "Astral Traveling" (1971), "Harvest Time" (1976) and "You've Got to Have Freedom" (1980).

"You've Got to Have Freedom" was of influence on the British acid jazz ans soul jazz scene from the late 1980s and 1990s.


As leader

Overview of Pharoah Sanders albums
Title Year Recorded Year Released Label
Pharoah's First (also released as Pharoah and Pharoah Sanders Quintet) 1964 1965 ESP-Disk
Tauhid 1966 1967 Impulse!
Karma 1969 1969 Impulse!
Jewels of Thought 1969 1969 Impulse!
Deaf Dumb Blind (Summun Bukmun Umyun) 1970 1970 Impulse!
Thembi 1970–1971 1971 Impulse!
Black Unity 1971 1971 Impulse!
Live at the East 1971 1972 Impulse!
Wisdom Through Music 1972 1972 Impulse!
Izipho Zam (My Gifts) 1969 1973 Strata-East
Village of the Pharoahs 1971–1973 1973 Impulse!
Love in Us All 1973 1973 Impulse!
Elevation 1973 1974 Impulse!
Pharoah 1976 1977 India Navigation
Love Will Find a Way 1977 1977 Arista
Journey to the One 1979 1980 Theresa
Beyond a Dream 1978 1981 Arista
Rejoice 1981 1981 Theresa
Pharoah Sanders Live... 1981 1982 Theresa
Heart Is a Melody 1982 1983 Theresa
Shukuru 1981 1985 Theresa
Africa 1987 1987 Timeless
Oh Lord, Let Me Do No Wrong 1987 1987 Doctor Jazz
A Prayer Before Dawn 1987 1987 Theresa
Moon Child 1989 1989 Timeless
Welcome to Love 1990 1991 Timeless
Crescent with Love 1992 1992 Evidence/Venus
Ballads with Love 1992 1994 Venus
Naima 1992 1995 Evidence
Message from Home 1996 1996 Verve
Save Our Children 1997 1999 Verve
Spirits 2000 2000 Meta
The Creator Has a Master Plan 2003 2003 Venus
With a Heartbeat 2003 2003 Evolver Records
In the Beginning 1963-1964 (4 CD compilation) 1963–1964 2012 ESP-Disk
Live in Paris (1975) (Lost ORTF Recordings) 1975 2020 Transversales Disques
Spotlight on Pharoah Sanders with the Latin Jazz Quintet 1973 1973 Up Front (UPF-150)

As sideman

with John Coltrane
Ascension (Impulse!, 1965)
Live In Seattle (Impulse!, 1965)
Om (Impulse!, 1965)
A Love Supreme: Live in Seattle (Impulse!, 1965)
Kulu Sé Mama (Impulse!, 1965)
Selflessness: Featuring My Favorite Things (Impulse!, 1965)
Meditations (Impulse!, 1965)
Live at the Village Vanguard Again! (Impulse!, 1966)
Live In Japan (Impulse!, 1966)
Offering: Live at Temple University (Impulse!, 1966)
Expression (Impulse!, 1967)
The Olatunji Concert: The Last Live Recording (Impulse!, 1967)
with Don Cherry
Symphony for Improvisers (Blue Note, 1966)
Where Is Brooklyn? (Blue Note, 1967)
with Alice Coltrane
A Monastic Trio (Impulse!, 1968)
Ptah, the El Daoud (Impulse!, 1970)
Journey in Satchidananda (Impulse!, 1970)
with Kenny Garrett
Beyond the Wall (Nonesuch, 2006)
Sketches of MD: Live at the Iridium (Mack Avenue, 2008)
with Norman Connors
Romantic Journey (Buddah 1977)
This Is Your Life (Buddah 1978)
Beyond a Dream (Novus 1981)
Remember Who You Are (MoJazz 1993)
with Tisziji Muñoz
Visiting This Planet (Anami Music, 1980's)
River of Blood (Anami Music, 1997)
Present Without a Trace (Anami Music, 1980's)
Spirit World (Anami Music, 1997)
Divine Radiance (Dreyfus/Anami Music, 2003)
Divine Radiance Live! (Anami Music, 2013)
Mountain Peak (Anami Music, 2014)
with McCoy Tyner
Love & Peace (Trio 1982)
Blues for Coltrane: A Tribute to John Coltrane (Impulse!, 1987)
with Randy Weston
The Spirits of Our Ancestors (Verve 1992)
Khepera (Verve 1998)
with others
1964 – Sun RaFeaturing Pharoah Sanders & Black Harold
1965 – Ornette ColemanChappaqua Suite (Columbia)
1968 – Michael MantlerJazz Composer's OrchestraThe Jazz Composer's Orchestra (JCOA)
1968 – Gary BartzAnother Earth (Milestone)
1969 – Leon ThomasSpirits Known and Unknown (Flying Dutchman)
1973 – Larry YoungLawrence of Newark (Perception)
1979 – Ed Kelly – Ed Kelly & Friend (Theresa Records)
1979 – Hilton RuizFantasia (Denon)
1980 – Idris MuhammadKabsha (Theresa)
1984 – Benny GolsonThis Is for You, John (Baystate)
1985 – Art DavisLife
1991 – Sonny SharrockAsk the Ages (Axiom)
1992 – Ed Kelly – Ed Kelly and Pharoah Sanders (Evidence Records) with Robert Stewart (saxophonist)
1992 – New York Unit – Over the Rainbow (Paddle Wheel)
1994 – Franklin KiermyerSolomon's Daughter
1994 – Bheki MselekuTimelessness (Verve)
1994 – Maleem Mahmoud GhaniaThe Trance of Seven Colors (Axiom)
1995 – Aïyb DiengRhythmagick
1996 – Jah WobbleHeaven & Earth (Island)
1997 – Wallace RoneyVillage (Warner Bros.)
1997 – Music Revelation EnsembleCross Fire (DIW)
1998 – Terry CallierTime Peace (Verve)
2000 – Alex BlakeNow is the Time: Live at the Knitting Factory
2000 – Kahil El'Zabar's Ritual Trio – Africa N'Da Blues (Delmark)
2004 – David MurrayGwotet (Justin Time)
2005 – Will CalhounNative Lands
2008 – Sleep Walker – Into the Sun (in The Voyage)
2014 – Chicago Underground/São Paulo Underground – Spiral Mercury
2019 – Joey DeFrancescoIn the Key of the Universe
2021 – Floating Points and the London Symphony OrchestraPromises

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