The first jazz album I ever bought was Pharoah Sanders’ “Wisdom Through Music. A friend had played it to me on a drunken night in London in the early seventies. Something must have registered – I’ve been a lifelong Sanders fan.
Pharaoh Sanders was born Farrell Sanders in Little Rock, Arkansas. He got his nickname “Pharoah” from Sun Ra, with whom he performed. However, Sanders’ big break came when he started playing with John Coltrane’s band in 1965. Sanders was strongly influenced by the collaboration with Coltrane. Spiritual elements picked up from Coltrane would later show up in many of Sanders’ own works and Sanders has become a wonderful interpreter of Coltrane’s legacy.
As a tribute to the Pharoah, I have put together a selection of some of my favourite tracks on Mixcloud. I hope you can take time to listen to one of the true innovators of modern jazz.