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Pharoah Sanders with William Henderson


Triple Door Downtown
Mon., June 19, 7:30 p.m. and Tue., June 20, 7:30 p.m. 2017 All Ages


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Pharoah Sanders hit NYC in 1961. He slept in parks, held his battered tenor saxophone together with rubber bands, and lived on slices of pizza bought with blood-donation money. John Coltrane hired him four years later, and the young man became one of the most controversial players in jazz history, emphasizing noise and passion over notes and chords. On 1967’s Tauhid, Sanders seems to punch a hole through the structure of reality itself, then rend it larger brick by torn-out brick. Coltrane died in 1967, and the younger man mellowed—almost into smooth jazz. I don’t relate to that phase, but Sanders probably moved over to mellow because he had no room left on the pegging-red intensity, short of tossing the horn into a garbage truck. His work with Henderson’s piano doesn’t seem smooth: precise, determined, not noisy, bringing order to soul. A new mutation… a new soul? ANDREW HAMLIN

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216 Union St, Seattle, WA 98101

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  • Mon., June 19, 7:30 p.m. and Tue., June 20, 7:30 p.m. 2017