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Pharoah Sanders - Thembi album

Pharoah Sanders - Thembi album Performer: Pharoah Sanders
Title: Thembi
Style: Free Jazz, Soul-Jazz, Free Improvisation
Date of release: 1972
Country: US
Size MP3: 1658 mb
Size FLAC: 1684 mb
Rating: 4.8
Format: MP1 DTS MMF ASF DMF WAV MPC

Thembi is the seventh album by free-jazz saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, released in 1971. The album is named after Sanders's son. Sanders moved away from the long, intense compositions of his solo albums and produced an album of shorter tracks. He and other musicians played a large variety of instruments. Sanders played tenor, alto, and soprano saxophone, bailophone (African thumb piano), small percussion instruments, and a cow horn.

It is strange that two of the most striking albums made by saxophonist Pharoah Sanders during the first flush of late 1960s/early 1970s astral jazz have been so often overlooked in reissue series. Thembi inhabits this territory over four of its six tracks, but steps out of it on the other two. The album was recorded during two sessions-in Los Angeles in November 1970 (tracks 1-3), and in New York City in January 1971 (tracks 4-6)-with some changes in personnel.

Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone – Pharoah Sanders (tracks: A1 to A3, B2, B3). Bass – Cecil McBee. Bells, Percussion – Pharoah Sanders (tracks: A1 to A3). Cymbal, Percussion – Cecil McBee (tracks: A1 to A3). Drums, Bells, Maracas, Percussion – Clifford Jarvis (tracks: A1 to A3). Electric Piano, Claves, Percussion – Lonnie Liston Smith (tracks: A1 to A3). Engineer – Lillian Douma, Tom Flye.

Recorded with two different ensembles, Thembi was a departure from the slowly developing, side-long, mantra-like grooves Pharoah Sanders had been pursuing for most of his solo career. It's musically all over the map but, even if it lacks the same consistency of mood as many of Sanders' previous albums, it does offer an intriguingly wide range of relatively concise ideas, making it something of an anomaly in Sanders' prime period.

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Pharoah Sanders (born Farrell Sanders, October 13, 1940) is an American jazz saxophonist. Saxophonist Ornette Coleman once described him as "probably the best tenor player in the world". Emerging from John Coltrane's groups of the mid-1960s, Sanders is known for his overblowing, harmonic, and multiphonic techniques on the saxophone, as well as his use of "sheets of sound"

Thembi is a 1971 album by free-jazz saxophonist Pharoah Sanders. In this album, named after Sanders's son, the saxophonist moved away from the intense, lengthy, percussion-heavy jams he'd been pursuing in his solo work up to that point, and produced a record made up of shorter tracks, often with a more light and breezy feel.

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Astral Traveling 5:43
A2 Red, Black & Green 8:56
A3 Thembi
Cymbal [Ring] – James Jordan
6:55
B1 Love 5:13
B2 Morning Prayer
Cymbal [Ring], Marimba [Balophone], Voice [Shouts] – LL Smith*Drums – Roy HaynesEffects [Bird Effects] – Cecil McBeeFlute [Alto, Fifes], Koto, Percussion [Brass Bell], Marimba [Balophone], Horns [Cow Horn], Maracas – Pharoah SandersPercussion [African] – Anthony Wiles, Chief Bey, Majid Shabazz, Nat Bettis
9:11
B3 Bailophone Dance
Cymbal [Ring], Marimba [Balophone], Voice [Shouts] – LL Smith*Drums – Roy HaynesEffects [Bird Effects] – Cecil McBeeFlute [Alto, Fifes], Koto, Percussion [Brass Bell], Marimba [Balophone], Horns [Cow Horn], Maracas – Pharoah SandersPercussion [African] – Anthony Wiles, Chief Bey, Majid Shabazz, Nat Bettis
5:43

Companies, etc.

  • Copyright (c) – ABC Records, Inc.
  • Published By – Cosmic Echoes Publishing Co.
  • Published By – Pharoah Sanders Music
  • Made By – ABC Records, Inc.
  • Recorded At – Record Plant, Los Angeles
  • Recorded At – Record Plant, N.Y.C.

Credits

  • Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone – Pharoah Sanders (tracks: A1 to A3, B2, B3)
  • Bass – Cecil McBee
  • Bells, Percussion – Pharoah Sanders (tracks: A1 to A3)
  • Cymbal [Finger], Percussion – Cecil McBee (tracks: A1 to A3)
  • Drums, Bells, Maracas, Percussion – Clifford Jarvis (tracks: A1 to A3)
  • Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes], Claves, Percussion – Lonnie Liston Smith (tracks: A1 to A3)
  • Engineer [Assistant] – Lillian Douma, Tom Flye
  • Photography By, Design – Philip Melnick
  • Piano – LL Smith* (tracks: A1 to A3, B2, B3)
  • Producer – Ed Michel
  • Producer, Engineer – Bill Szymczyk
  • Violin, Percussion – Michael White (tracks: A1 to A3)
  • Written-By – Cecil McBee (tracks: B1), LL Smith* (tracks: A1, B2), Pharoah Sanders (tracks: A2, A3, B2, B3)

Notes

1972 US pressing.
Red and Black label with 1972, ABC RECORDS, INC. at bottom.
Original Impuylse inner sleeve.
Gatefold cover.

1The Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA, November 25, 1970 (Tracks A1 to A3)
The Record Plant, NYC, January 12, 1971 (Tracks B1 to B3)72 us

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Label Side A): AS 9206-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Label Side B): AS 9206-B
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A): AS-9206 A
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B): AS-9206 A
  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Rights Society: ASCAP

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
AS-9206 Pharoah Sanders Thembi ‎(LP, Album, Gat) Impulse!, ABC Records AS-9206 US 1971
IMP 12532 Pharoah Sanders Thembi ‎(CD, Album, RE, RM, Dig) Impulse! IMP 12532 Europe 1998
AS-9206 Pharoah Sanders Thembi ‎(LP, Album, Gat) Impulse!, ABC Records AS-9206 US 1971
5027-9206 Pharoah Sanders Thembi ‎(Cass, Album) Impulse! 5027-9206 US 1971
M 89206 Pharoah Sanders Thembi ‎(8-Trk, Album) Impulse! M 89206 US 1971