Pharoah Sanders - Karma
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1969 Ratings: #10 / 111
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1969 Ratings: #4
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MickyT
90

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

Andrei
100

I've come to the conclusion that "The Creator Has A Master Plan" is the greatest jazz song if all time. It manages to have a runtime of over a half an hour, and yet it doesn't bore me for a single second. The powerful saxophone playing of Pharaoh Sanders paired with Leon Thomas's beautiful vocals pair together so perfectly. I have never heard a song that has so much beauty and emotion packed into it quite like "The Creator Has A Master Plan", and I'm not sure I ever will.

EMR
98

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

Tfunk112
95

A true spiritual journey that ranges from almost gospel to noise and ambient jazz. Truly a magical experience.

hecksmoney
100

OOH BOY WHEN HE BLOWS ON THAT SAXOPHONE, I JUST DON'T KNOW WHATSA GONNA HAPPEN! CLASSIC BAMBINO PRESIDENT SOUNDTRACK!

Andrei
100

I've come to the conclusion that "The Creator Has A Master Plan" is the greatest jazz song if all time. It manages to have a runtime of over a half an hour, and yet it doesn't bore me for a single second. The powerful saxophone playing of Pharaoh Sanders paired with Leon Thomas's beautiful vocals pair together so perfectly. I have never heard a song that has so much beauty and emotion packed into it quite like "The Creator Has A Master Plan", and I'm not sure I ever will.

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Added on: March 21, 2014