RIP the celestial jazz legend, by Fabio Rojas
"I can tell you immediately if Pharoah Sanders is on a recording. Most jazz fans can. Sanders' main mode of expression was the tenor saxophone and the horn breathed fire in his hands. It was an unmistakable flame that was his alone. But what exactly was
that sound, that wail into the void? It had layers. At the foundation was a rich bluesy open tone, common to jazz saxophonists of the era. All the great tenors had it. Coleman Hawkins had it. Sonny Rollins had it and so did Lester Young. And, of course,
John Coltrane had it."
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