Thembi

Thembi

by Pharoah Sanders
     
 

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Recorded with two different ensembles, Thembi was a departure from the slowly developing, side-long, mantra-like grooves Pharoah Sanders had been pursuing for most of his solo career. It's musically all over the map but, even if it lacks the same consistency of mood as many of Sanders' previous albums, it does offer an intriguingly wide range of relativelySee more details below

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Recorded with two different ensembles, Thembi was a departure from the slowly developing, side-long, mantra-like grooves Pharoah Sanders had been pursuing for most of his solo career. It's musically all over the map but, even if it lacks the same consistency of mood as many of Sanders' previous albums, it does offer an intriguingly wide range of relatively concise ideas, making it something of an anomaly in Sanders' prime period. Over the six selections, Sanders romps through a tremendous variety of instruments, including tenor, soprano, alto flute, fifes, the African bailophone, assorted small percussion, and even a cow horn. Perhaps because he's preoccupied elsewhere, there's relatively little of his trademark tenor screaming, limited mostly to the thunderous cacophony of "Red, Black & Green" and portions of "Morning Prayer." The compositions, too, try all sorts of different things. Keyboardist/pianist Lonnie Liston Smith's "Astral Traveling" is a shimmering, pastoral piece centered around his electric piano textures; "Love" is an intense, five-minute bass solo by Cecil McBee; and "Morning Prayer" and "Bailophone Dance" (which are segued together) add an expanded percussion section devoted exclusively to African instruments. If there's a unifying factor, it's the classic title track, which combines the softer lyricism of Sanders' soprano and Michael White's violin with the polyrhythmic grooves of the most Africanized material (not to mention a catchy bass riff). Some fans may gripe that Thembi isn't conceptually unified or intense enough, but it's rare to have this many different sides of Sanders coexisting in one place, and that's what makes the album such an interesting listen.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/04/2000
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0011105125321
catalogNumber:
914746
Rank:
4527

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pharoah Sanders   Primary Artist,Percussion,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Multi Instruments
Franklin Kiermyer   Indexed Contributor
Cecil McBee   Bass,Percussion,Cymbals,Multi Instruments
Lonnie Liston Smith   Percussion,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Multi Instruments,Claves
Clifford Jarvis   Drums,Multi Instruments
Nat Bettis   Percussion,Drums,African Percussion
Chief Bey   African Percussion
James Bey   Percussion,Drums
Roy Haynes   Drums
Majid Shabazz   Percussion,Drums,African Percussion
Lonnie Liston White   Piano,Electric Piano
Michael White   Percussion,Violin
Anthony Wiles   Percussion,Drums,African Percussion
James Jordan   Percussion,Cymbals,Ring Cymbals

Technical Credits

Michael Cuscuna   Reissue Producer
Ed Michael   Producer
Ed Michel   Producer
Bill Szymczyk   Producer,Engineer
Hollis King   Art Direction
Senora Brown   Graphic Design

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