SHUKURU by PHAROAH SANDERS FEATURING LEON THOMAS

SKU125898
ArtistPHAROAH SANDERS FEATURING LEON THOMAS
TitleSHUKURU
LabelTHERESA
Catalog #TR 121 / 3D9973
Genre
ReleaseW 45 - 2022
FormatVinyl - UKLP
 € 52,50 incl. VAT, excl. shipping

Tracks

  1. Shukuru
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/t/tr_121_3d9973_shukuru/sf898591-01-01-01.mp3
  2. Body & Soul
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/t/tr_121_3d9973_shukuru/sf898591-01-01-02.mp3
  3. Mas In Brooklyn (High Life)
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/t/tr_121_3d9973_shukuru/sf898591-01-01-03.mp3
  4. Sun Song
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/t/tr_121_3d9973_shukuru/sf898591-01-01-04.mp3
  5. Too Young To Go Steady
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/t/tr_121_3d9973_shukuru/sf898591-01-02-01.mp3
  6. Jitu
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/t/tr_121_3d9973_shukuru/sf898591-01-02-02.mp3
  7. For Big George
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/t/tr_121_3d9973_shukuru/sf898591-01-02-03.mp3

Description

Pharoah Sanders' "Shukuru" is noteworthy as being the album that reunited Sanders with vocalist Leon Thomas, who sang on some of Sanders' most endearing and powerful compositions-- among them the legendary "The Creator Has a Masterplan".

Thomas only joins the band on two tracks-- "Mas in Brooklyn (Highlife)" and "Sun Song". The former gets a full calypso reading complete with steel drum sounds and chanted vocals traded between Sanders and Thomas. It's a lot of fun, but by and large, throwaway. The latter is one of the true gems on the album-- a pretty ballad that serves as both a launching point for Sanders' best balladry and Thomas' vocal, with the latter soaring in his upper register wordlessly between verses intoned in his trademark baritone. It's by and large simply stunning.

The opener "Shukuru" and closing funereal piece "For Big George" are spared this as the use of synths of them are far more tasteful (although one questions Sanders' choice to intone his wife's name over the former's smokey lines, but that's another story). Vine Voice

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