PHAROAH SANDERS: “Thembi” LP (Elemental Reissue)

PHAROAH SANDERS: “Thembi” LP (Elemental Reissue)

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PHAROAH SANDERS: “Thembi” LP (Elemental Reissue). Released 12th May 2024

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PHAROAH SANDERS: “Thembi” LP (Elemental Reissue). Released 12th May 2024

The seventh album by spiritual jazz saxophonist was released in 1971. It is dedicated to his South-African wife Nomathemba “Thembi” (“love, faith and hope” in Xhosa).

On Thembi, Sanders moved away from the long, intense compositions of his earlier albums and produced an album of shorter tracks. Sanders plays tenor and soprano saxophones, alto flute, koto, balafon, various percussion instruments, and a cow horn on the album.

Thembi was pianist Lonnie Liston Smith’s final recording with Sanders. Also featured on the album are violinist Michael White, bassist Cecil McBee, and percussionists Chief Bey, Majid Shabbaz, and Nat Bettis.

“Astral Travelling” (Lonnie Liston Smith) – 5:48
“Red, Black & Green” (Pharoah Sanders) – 8:56
“Thembi” (Sanders) – 7:02
“Love” (Cecil McBee) – 5:12
“Morning Prayer” (Sanders, Liston Smith) – 9:11
“Bailophone Dance” (Sanders) – 5:43

Personnel
Pharoah Sanders – tenor and soprano saxophones, alto flute, koto, brass bells, balafon, maracas, cow horn, fifes
Lonnie Liston Smith – piano, Fender Rhodes electric piano, claves, percussion, ring cymbal, shouts, balafon
Michael White – violin, percussion
Cecil McBee – double bass, finger cymbals, percussion
Roy Haynes – drums
Clifford Jarvis – drums, maracas, bells, percussion
Nat Bettis, Chief Bey, Majid Shabazz, Anthony Wiles – African percussion
James Jordan – ring cymbal

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