Over the course of his iconic career, Pharoah Sanders has shaped his own unique path and woven sonic tapestries comprised of deep, spiritual artistic improvisations that have changed the way we viewed jazz saxophone.
Born Ferrell Sanders, in Little Rock, Arkansas, Sanders moved out of the Jim Crow south to Oakland, California, where he met and befriended John Coltrane and began his enduring musical journey.
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The Progressive Underground’s 5 on 5: Pharoah Sanders
1.“ Selflessness” — John Coltrane feat. Pharoah Sanders
After gigging on the west coast, Sanders relocated to New York City and became aligned with and mentored by Coltrane, recording with him on some of his late-career exploratory albums including “Ascension,” “Meditations,” and “Kulu Sé Mama,” on…