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May 22, 2008

"Pharoah's First" - Pharoah Sanders

I think these recordings were created during an interesting transition in jazz, and it's definitely heard well in this session. By the mid 60s, Hard Bop was reaching it's peak and the Avant-Garde has been making a firm plant in jazz. With the exception of Stan Foster's playing, the Quintet's rhythm section showcases straight ahead, bop. The affects of Coltrane's playing is certainly heard through Sanders' licks, melodies, and improvising. It's interesting to hear how his progressive sense challenges the rest of the band, and Foster keeps up at times. This album is a must have.
1965 - ESP Disk'
Pharoah Sanders - Sax (Tenor); Stan Foster - Trumpet; Jane Getz - Piano; William Bennett - Bass; Marvin Pattillo - Drums.