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Never-before released document of Pharoah Sanders blowing cool fire in Paris, 1975, including a joyous takes on ‘The Creator Has a Masterplan’ and ‘Love Is Everywhere’ spilling over with spiritual, free, soulful jazz goodness.
Catching Sanders in the years after his crucial work with John and Alice Coltrane, and following his departure from Impulse!, the home to much of his foundational solo work, ’Live In Paris (1975): Lost ORTF Recordings’ frames the tenor sax wielding jazz titan at a crest of his creative powers. Playing to a clearly appreciative audience in a city famed for its embrace of jazz, Sanders shows why he’s hailed the “Son” to Trane’s “God” and Ayler’s “Holy Spirit” with a coolly learned and sizzling suite of spiritual jazz laid down live at Studio 104, Maison de la Radio, Paris, and backed by Danny Mixon (Piano, Organ), Calvin Hill (Contrabass), and Greg Bandy (Percussion).
As one of the most direct influences on his bandmate John Coltrane, Sanders has always been recognised by jazz aficionados as a master of his craft, and in recent years his unconventional and omnidirectional work is finding ever wider audiences, with these Lost ORTF Recordings serving testament to the live prowess of a player who Ornette Coleman described as “probably the best tenor player in the world”.
It’s practically worth it for the gripping excerpt of’The Creator Has A Masterplan’, a shorter version of the 30 minute highlight from ‘Karma’ (1969), especially its Ra-like prang out into avant-garde jazz freedom with Sanders’dissonant blurts matched by steepled organ and thrashing drums, but the burning vocal and groove of ‘Love is Everywhere’ is also unmissable for anyone who needs a heavy dose of positivity in their life, and one that comes from a more difficult place than many of us will experience, but surely still endures and endears nearly 50 years later.