Pharoah Sanders – The Healing Song (1971)

From Live at the East by Pharoah Sanders.

Another spiritual jazz gem- “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.

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. [source]

Tracks: 1. Healing Song / 2. Lumkili Pts 1 & 2 / 3. Memories of J. W. Coltrane

Cecil McBee – Bass
Stanley Clarke – Bass
Lawrence Killian – Congas, Marimba (Bailophone)
William Hart – Drums
Norman Connors – Drums
Carlos Garnett – Flute, Vocals
Joseph Bonner – Piano, Harmonium
Pharoah Sanders – Saxophone
Harold Vic – Tenor Vocals
Marvin Peterson – Trumpet

 

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