Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Pharoah Sanders: Hum-Allah-Hum-Allah...

On this week's radio show, I closed the set out with one of my favorite songs by Pharaoh Sanders in "Hum-Allah-Hum-Allah-Hum-Allah". This spiritual masterpiece, in my opinion, is on the same level as other spiritual classics like John Coltrane's A Love Supreme, and Horace Tapscott & The Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra's "Peyote Song No. III". The composition has an overall uplifting rhythm and groove that includes a lot of textures while Sanders strives to be musically free in many of his solos and melodies. The song assisted by a solid line-up of jazz heavy-weights including Sanders on reeds, Cecil McBee on bass, Lonnie Liston Smith on piano, Roy Haynes and Idris Muhammad handling the drums, as well as Leon Thomas on vocals. It's also good to note that many of the musicians take up a number of additional percussion instruments throughout the song. This incredible gem can be found on Sanders Jewels of Thought record which was originally released by Impulse back in 1969. Overall, "Hum-Allah-Hum-Allah-Hum-Allah" is a true masterpiece that showcases Pharaoh's musical brilliance at his best.

Pharaoh Sanders - Hum-Allah-Hum-Allah-Hum-Allah

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