Between 1970 and 1995, tenor saxophone player Pharoah Sanders was recording for a number of
different small independent jazz labels. One of those labels was Netherlands based, Timeless. This is a CD compilation of those recordings...He recorded three LPï¿½s for the label ,ï¿½Africaï¿½, ï¿½Moon Childï¿½ and ï¿½Welcome to Loveï¿½. Now Dopeness
Galore have compiled the highlights of these records available on this solid eleven track compilation.
These Timeless recordings were recorded in short periods of time, often a few days. ï¿½Moon Childï¿½ for
example, was recorded in one night in 1989. Pharoah Sanders: ï¿½The night we put this album together
we were all extremely exhausted. We had been touring when we arrived at this studio in Paris. The
session lasted all night.ï¿½
On his Timeless debut ï¿½Africaï¿½, Pharoah Sanders (1940), intended or not, makes a link to the past. Not
only does he pay explicit tribute to his late mentor John Coltrane, he is also joined by pianist John
Hicks, who was part of Sandersï¿½ first ensemble in 1963. By that time Pharoah Sanders was living in
New York, and was struggling to make a living, at times sleeping on the streets. It was joining
Coltraneï¿½s ensemble which brought Pharoah Sanders stability and wide acclaim. After Coltraneï¿½s
passing, Sanders continued to work with his wife, Alice. On ï¿½Welcome to Loveï¿½, playing a series of
famous ballads, the thin, reserved approach is reminiscent of Coltrane. However, it is still marked with
Pharoah's trademark sound.
The CD version is out early November (Japan), early January (World) together with a limited 10ï¿½
(DG 2005s) both featuring liner-notes from Sjeng Stokkink (Jazzism Magazine, NL) and Mitsuru
Ogawa (Dance Music Records, Japan).