Play it Again, Sam #34a - "The Creator Has a Master Plan"
Colorado Springs, Colorado
May 1, 2018 10:13am CST
Hang on, because Play it Again, Sam is about to get jazzy! We are at #34a, the "original" portion of today's two part discussion (the "cover" portion being next,) and it's a tune that I absolutely love: "The Creator Has a Master Plan" by Pharaoh Sanders. My love of jazz is not exactly a well kept secret around here, and my fondness for jazz saxophone is a big reason why. I can listen to the likes of John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Grover Washington Jr, and David Sanborn all day. Well, tenor saxophonist Pharaoh Sanders ranks very highly among my favorites. Pharaoh Sanders came to prominence in the mid 1960's as a member of John Coltrane's band (he played on Coltrane's classic 1965 album, Ascension) before striking out on his own. Just how good is Pharaoh Sanders, you ask? The legendary Ornette Coleman himself once called Sanders "probably the best tenor player in the world," and who am I to argue? "The Creator Has a Master Plan" is a near-33-minute free jazz epic from Sanders' 1969 album, Karma, which consists of just two tracks (don't worry. If you want to listen to the link, I found a shorter live version!) I know that many of you don't care much for jazz, and I totally understand. It's a musical style that is definitely not for everyone. But, man, what musicianship! And just wait until you hear what one particular band did with it when they covered it! (Info verified by Wikipedia)
Pharoah Sanders: tenor saxophone; William Henderson III: piano; Alex Blake: bass; Hamid Drake: drums. Recorded live in Leverkusen, Germany, 19th October 1999.
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• Colorado Springs, Colorado
Only check this out if you have time. It's one of my favorites by him. A bit more modern and his sax play is as great as ever.