Pharoah Sanders Profiled

Source: The Brooklyn Rail.

Many musicians, including Sun Ra, Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry, and Dewey Redman, seized on the revolutionary spirit of the ’60s to extend their work into new territory. But Coltrane and Sanders together pushed their music farther than any of their contemporaries into an empyrean realm, virtually creating the category of spiritual jazz. In the grand but sensible words of free jazz icon Albert Ayler, “Trane was the Father, Pharoah was the Son, I am the Holy Ghost.”