Pharoah Sanders - Karma
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Pharoah Sanders takes you on a wild and spiritual journey with 'Karma', it's large sound, well played improvisations and chaotic nature make this one of the most interesting and avant-garde jazz records I've heard from this time period. This album uses its large and chaotic sound to create a sense of existential bliss and overwhelming power, the 30 minute 'The Creator Has A Master Plan' is a prime example of this as it's truly an invigorating experience and the final track 'Colors' is the ... read more
Having gotten his nickname by playing his tenor-sax with Sun Ra and John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders is probably the avatar of spiritual jazz after his mentors, of course. On his first few solo records, the artist fully indulged into that same fearless, striking eagerness for experimentation within the broad jazz spectrum, and he did really well on that, specially on his first two releases. Still, it was with Karma that the fantastic instrumentalist reached an even higher plane of artistic vision ... read more
Spiritual Jazz at it's peak. Pharoah Sanders takes the listener on a chaotic, psychedelic trip that explores the spiritual roots of our African ancestry. The Creator Has a Master Plan is probably one of the best songs in all of music, this song alone has had quite an impact on how I look at avant-garde jazz. This is the most fun I have ever had for a jazz album, and I wish I could recreate my first listen of this masterpiece.
MWE - Day 5 - 05/02/2021

Pharoah Sanders is one of the key pioneers of the sub-genre "Spiritual Jazz", which utilises a much more expansive and harmonious array of instrumentation to create a truly mind-altering experience when listening. While his early career built upon the usual Jazz styles in unique ways, it's his magnum-opus Karma that truly encapsulates his genius and creative vision.

A fairly trim project, at just 38 minutes in length, Karma contains just 2 pieces. A ... read more
This is one of my new all time favorite albums.

Pharoah Sanders is one of the greatest and most unique musicians of all time. With this album, he brings a new look onto the idea of spirituality. Throughout the first track, we are introduced to a multitude of feelings, a nice calm, western style jazz, to complete chaos and everything in between. The use of native African music adds to the uniqueness of this album. Through the use of African percussion and Leon Thomas' phenomenal yodeling, which ... read more
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Added on: March 21, 2014