Pharoah Sanders Quartet – The Creator Has A Master Plan (2003) [Japan 2016]
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Pharoah Sanders is one of the few horn players whose sound is instantly commanding and recognizable. He’s often compared to John Coltrane in their similar power, spirituality, and preference for the meaty middle register of the tenor, and in fact, one of the selections here is a long, atmospheric meditation on Coltrane’s “Welcome”. This album is a rare treat, since Sanders has not been recording as prolifically as he did in the first four decades of his career.
The Creator Has a Master Plan is largely a reflection of the sort of sets that Pharoah Sanders has been doing live — a mixture of ballads, blues, and spiritual pieces, be they originals, standards, or drawn from the Coltrane catalog. Sanders is heard only on tenor sax on this record, supported by William Henderson (piano), Ira Coleman (bass) and Joe Farnsworth (drums). Sanders is best known for his fiery work with John Coltrane’s last bands and his free jazz workouts in the late 1960s and early ’70s.
If he’s not quite as pyrotechnic as before, his sound and soul are undiminished, and he’s still coming up with unusual timbres The title track, his timeless 1969 hit, gets nine minutes here rather than the 32-minute original exposition with Leon Thomas’s memorable yodeling, but it’s still a tour-de-force. Everyone gets to stretch out on “Tokyo Blues,” and while the band isn’t particularly inspired by “The Greatest Love of All,” (Whitney Houston’s hit) they do a fine job on Sanders’s own “Tina, and “It’s Easy to Remember,” the latter of which showcases Sanders’s way of excavating a ballad. There’s also great support and propulsion throughout from bassist Ira Coleman, and drummer Joe Farnsworth, with pianist William Henderson supplying some swinging solos.
01. I Want To Talk About You
02. Moon Rays
03. Tokyo Blues
04. Greatest Love Of All
05. The Creator Has A Master Plan
08. It’s Easy To Remember
Pharoah Sanders – tenor sax
William Henderson – piano
Ira Coleman – bass
Joe Farnsworth – drums
Produced, Mixed & Mastered by Tetsuo Hara. Engineered by Shuji Kitamura.
Recorded on April 23, 2003 at Wonder Station in Tokyo, Japan.
Venus Hyper Magnum Sound Direct Mix. VENUS Japan # VHGD-180.