The best possible way to describe Pharoah Sanders‘ sound is “Organized Confusion”, and at times, is compositions are as abstract as jazz can get. Abstract jazz is not for the novice listener. It requires an understanding of depth that the art form can go, as well as the limits in which it can be pushed. The limits are infinite, and Sanders is constantly proving that with his work. Pharoah Sanders’ plays using sheets of sound, and in this two-song album Love in Us All, you can hear a more serene, melodic Sanders on one song, while experiencing the wild, abstract, Sun Ra influenced Sanders on the other.

As you listen to the song Love is Everywhere, and as the rhythm starts out with a driving tambourine, you can hear how this song can be a precursor to a soulful house style, and as the rhythm of the song falls in and out, the song takes on a new life at the 5:43 mark, as if it was reborn.

The second song, To John can only be a dedication to one person. The one, the only, John Coltrane. For a certain type of listening ear, this is vintage Sanders, as the free form jazz let’s loose in this 20 minutes session, with 15 of those minutes being a multitude of sounds coming from every direction. A far cry from the beat-driven sound of the soul-jazz fusion, but the free, abstract jazz is an important part of the art.

Enjoy this album, as it is a great example of the great Pharoah Sanders’ work. The musicians on this particular album are Pharoah Sanders – Saxophone / Flute, Joe Bonner – Piano, Cecil McBee – Bass, Norman Connors – Drums, Lawrence Killian – Percussion, James Mtume – Percussion, Badal Roy – Percussion, James Branch – Flute

Love is Everywhere

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To John

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