Catalog #700218 / 9E7622
ReleaseW 28 - 2024
FormatVinyl - EULP
EAN Barcode0600753982822
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  1. Astral Traveling
  2. Red, Black & Green
  3. Thembi
  4. Love
  5. Morning Prayer
  6. Bailophone Dance


The seventh album by spiritual jazz saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, Thembi was released in 1971. Recorded with two different ensembles, the album marked a departure from the slowly developing, side-long, mantra-like grooves Sanders had been pursuing for most of his solo career, and instead offers an intriguingly wide range of relatively concise ideas, making it something of an anomaly in Sanders' prime period. A//Music reviewer Steve Huey gave it a rating of four out of five stars. This would be the last time Sanders recorded with his regular collaborator, pianist and composer Lonnie Liston Smith, who began his experimentation with electric keyboards on this LP. Also featured are violinist Michael White, bassist Cecil McBee, and percussionists Chief Bey, Majid Shabbaz, and Nat Bettis.

180 gramms - gatefold sleeve

Pharoah Sanders - tenor & soprano sax, bells, percussion, alto flute, cow horn
Michael White - violin (A1-A3)
Lonnie Liston Smith - piano, electric piano, percussion
Cecil McBee - bass, bird effects
Clifford Jarvis - drums (A1-A3)
Roy Haynes - drums (B2, B3)
James Jordan - ring cymbals (A1-A3)
Chief Bey - African drums and percussion (B2, B3)
Majid Shabazz - African drums and percussion (B2, B3)
Anthony Wiles - African drums and percussion (B2, B3)
Nat Bettis - African drums and percussion (B2, B3)

The Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA, November 25, 1970 (Tracks A1 to A3)
The Record Plant, NYC, January 12, 1971 (Tracks B1 to B3)


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