“A musician who represents more than the notes he plays”

10 May

From a nice New York Times review of a Pharoah Sanders’ gig:

“The story here is really about Mr. Sanders and his broad appeal. His involvement toward the end of Coltrane’s band meant an involvement in jazz as free expression and folk music, rather than virtuosity and formalism; there are a lot of people out there who wish that more of jazz were like that. He’s a musician who represents more than the notes he plays; he stands for the late ’60s, but also for a generous and open way of expressing and sharing music. You hear it in his broad sound and his raspy long-tones and chaotic spirals of improvising between chords: seriousness, awareness.”

 

 

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