Pharoah Sanders & Floating Points

With The London Symphony Orchestra - Promises (0097CD)

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With The London Symphony Orchestra - Promises

Pharoah Sanders & Floating Points

Luaka Bop


GEN 163071




CD 14,03 €

digipack edition

Apparently it's been over a decade since avant jazz deity Pharoah Sanders recorded any new music, it took Sam Shephard aka Floating Points to coax the 80 year old out of near-retirement. Anyone familiar with Sanders' work will know how life-affirming his music can be, from his early work with John Coltrane, through 1967's mind-altering Tauhid to his spiritual pairing with Alice Coltrane on Journey in Satchidananda. Here, he takes a more restrained role, offering bursts of tenor to compliment Shephard's pretty snippets of piano and synth. As Promises builds, the London Symphony Orchestra's presence becomes more stark, evolving the slow-moving work into cinematic levels of grandeur.

It's pretty senseless comparing Promises to Sanders' early catalogue as he's most definitely in a completely different place mentally. But his cloud-reaching brilliance is still a joy to behold; when his familiar overblown phrases appear from Shephard's gossamer synth clouds, it's hard not to smile.


  • Pharoah Sanders - tenor sax, vocals
  • Sam Shepherd - piano, harpsichord, celesta, Fender Rhodes, Hammond B3


  • 01. Movement 1
  • 02. Movement 2
  • 03. Movement 3
  • 04. Movement 4
  • 05. Movement 5
  • 06. Movement 6
  • 07. Movement 7
  • 08. Movement 8
  • 09. Movement 9