One of the first moments of genius from a young Pharoah Sanders – a set that builds on the energy of John Coltrane's Love Supreme generation – but takes it in a much more expansive direction! The album's got a sense of majesty that's years ahead of its time
– righteous, positive, spiritual jazz that flows out with a time
less power, and a quality that almost out-Coltrane's Coltrane! All tracks are long, expressive, and freel
y flowing – building with a very organic sense of energy – totally free from any gimmicks or cliche. Players include Dave Burrell on piano, Henry Grimes on bass, and Sonny Sharrock on guitar – and Pharoah plays alto, tenor, and piccolo – and even vocalizes a bit. The album begins with the amazing "Upper & Lower Egypt" – which is a perfect illustration of the two sides of Pharoah's genius – free/
out & spiritual/
modal – and other titles include "Japan", and "Capricorn Rising".
(Black label 70s pressing. Cover has light water damage and splitting on the bottom spine – but rest is fine.)