Thembi is the seventh album by free-jazz saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, released in 1971. The album is named after Sanders's son. Sanders moved away from the long, intense compositions of his solo albums and produced an album of shorter tracks. He and other musicians played a large variety of instruments. Sanders played tenor, alto, and soprano saxophone, bailophone (African thumb piano), small percussion instruments, and a cow horn.
It is strange that two of the most striking albums made by saxophonist Pharoah Sanders during the first flush of late 1960s/early 1970s astral jazz have been so often overlooked in reissue series. Thembi inhabits this territory over four of its six tracks, but steps out of it on the other two. The album was recorded during two sessions-in Los Angeles in November 1970 (tracks 1-3), and in New York City in January 1971 (tracks 4-6)-with some changes in personnel.
Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone – Pharoah Sanders (tracks: A1 to A3, B2, B3). Bass – Cecil McBee. Bells, Percussion – Pharoah Sanders (tracks: A1 to A3). Cymbal, Percussion – Cecil McBee (tracks: A1 to A3). Drums, Bells, Maracas, Percussion – Clifford Jarvis (tracks: A1 to A3). Electric Piano, Claves, Percussion – Lonnie Liston Smith (tracks: A1 to A3). Engineer – Lillian Douma, Tom Flye.
More of Pharoah Sanders‘ catalog is being reissued. After Anthology Records last year saw the vinyl reissues of the albums Tauhid, Jewels of Thought and Deaf Dumb Blind, Impulse!/UMe has announced a new vinyl reissue of his 1971 album, Thembi. The spiritual jazz classic hasn’t been released on vinyl since 1987, and after more than 30 years it seems like it’s probably due to be put back into circulation.
Thembi is a 1971 album by free-jazz saxophonist Pharoah Sanders. In this album, named after Sanders's son, the saxophonist moved away from the intense, lengthy, percussion-heavy jams he'd been pursuing in his solo work up to that point, and produced a record made up of shorter tracks, often with a more light and breezy feel.
Thembi appears on the album Thembi. Pharoah Sanders (b. 1940) is a . Sanders Pharoah Sanders possesses one of the most distinctive tenor saxophone sounds in jazz. Harmonically rich and heavy with overtones, Sanders’ sound can be as raw and "Thembi", the last Pharoah Sanders album to feature musical partner pianist Lonnie Liston Smith, feels like a coda to a long career.
More albums from Pharoah Sanders: A Prayer Before Dawn by Pharoah Sanders. A Tribute To John Coltrane, Blues For Coltrane by Pharoah Sanders. Tauhid by Pharoah Sanders. Love Will Find A Way by Pharoah Sanders. Oh Lord, Let Me Do No Wrong by Pharoah Sanders. Ptah, The El Daoud by Pharoah Sanders. The Trance Of Seven Colors by Pharoah Sanders. This Is For You, John by Pharoah Sanders. View all albums . Thembi. More albums from Pharoah Sanders: A Prayer Before Dawn by Pharoah Sanders.
Pharoah Sanders was an integral part of John Coltrane's final band. He is heavily influenced by that experience. Some of his songs are structured and mellow as well. I have loved the music of Pharoah Sanders since I first heard this album in the early 1970s. The variety of themes, instruments, beats, transitions and free jazz moods puts this above his other work to me.
Album · 1971 · 6 Songs. Priceless Jazz Collection: Pharoah Sanders. Sketches of MD - Live At the Iridium.