Friday, January 1, 2010

Pharoah Sanders - Moonchild

By this point in his career, Sanders had largely withdrawn from the kind of screeching avant-gardism on which he at first staked his reputation. The opening "Moon Child," with its attractively spacy vocals, is reminiscent of the days of "The Creator Has a Master Plan," but this version sounds too contrived to rival the classic earlier recording. The mood is subdued throughout and the choice of tunes definitely on the conservative side ("All or Nothing at All" and "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes," among the six tracks). William Henderson is lovely on piano, while the drummer (Eddie Moore) and percussionist (Cheikh Tidiane Fale) keep to the quiet side. The results may have originally disappointed some of Sanders' fans, but with time the saxophonist clearly reinvented himself as a more traditional improviser capable of thoughtful and pensive deliberations. -
by Steven Loewy, AMG

Pharoah Sanders - Moonchild (1990)

1. Moon Child (Pharoah Sanders) 8:07
2. Moon Rays (Horace Silver) 6:10
3. The Night Has A Thousand Eyes (Buddy Bermien/Jerry Brainin) 12:17
4. All Or Nothing At All (Arthur Altman/Jack Lawrence) 9:23
5. Soon (George Gerschwin) 5:29
6. Moniebah (Abdullah Ibrahim [Dollar Brand]) 10:43

Line up musicians

Pharoah Sanders (Soprano and Tenor Saxophone)
William Henderson (Piano)
Stafford James (Double Bass)
Eddie Moore (Drums)
Cheikh Tidiane Fale (Percussion)

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