Sunday, December 27, 2009
Pharoah SANDERS - Summun, Bukmun, Umyun (Deaf, Dumb, Blind) 1970
One of the harder to find ones by Pharoah and a record that features only 2 long songs: the title cut and "Let Us Go Into the House of the Lord", each of which covers a side apiece.
A passionate recording from the greatest disciple of John Coltrane. The two side-long performances of “Summun, Bukmun, Umyon” and “Let Us Go Into The House Of The Lord” stetch and flow forward in spirited abandon. Pharoah’s passion is sustained and heightened by supportive rhythm section comprised of pianist Lonnie Liston Smith, bassist Cecil McBee, drummer Clifford Jarvis, and two percussionists. Sticking strictly to the soprano sax, Pharoah shows little of the cacaphonous ferocity for which he is so well known. Instead, he builds majestically on an intensely hypnotic rhythm that throbs with a strong African vibe. The vastly underrated Woody Shaw adds his shimmering trumpet to this potent mixture. Deaf Dumb Blind brimms with creative energy and drive, and thus makes it the best place to begin for those unacquainted with this living legend of the saxophone.
Pharoah Sanders- Soprano Saxophone, Cow Horn, Tritone Whistle, Cowbells, Wood Flute, Thumb Piano, Percussion
Woody Shaw- Trumpet, Yodeling, Percussion
Gary Bartz- Alto Saxophone, Bells, Cowbell, Shakers, Percussion
Lonnie Liston Smith- Piano, Cowbell, Thumb Piano, Percussion
Cecil McBee- Bass
Clifford Jarvis- Drums
Natheniel Bettis- Bylophone, Yodeling, African Percussion
Anthony Wiles- Conga Drum, African Percussion
A. Summun Bukmun Umyun 21:17
B. Let Us Go Into The House Of The Lord 18:25