Album: Pharoah Sanders

Pharoah Sanders' Finest (Dopeness Galore)
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This compilation culled from the Coltrane-disciple's Eighties recordings for the Dutch Timeless label is full of great grooves, like the opening South African shuffle of "Monibah", and an instrumental version of his virtual signature tune, "You've Got to Have Freedom". There's strength in depth, too, with soulful sax warblings on "Naima", "You Don't Know What Love Is", and the circular-breathing feature "The Bird Song", as well as the ridiculously catchy, New Agey vocals of "Moonchild". The Pharoah may remain an aquired taste, but few jazzmen can equal his formula of groove + spirituality = soul.

Download this: 'Moonchild' has everything: astrology, romance and yodelling

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