Pharoah Sanders - "Thembi"

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scmm42 | December 09, 2006
"Jazz saxophonist Pharoah Sanders on the great Night Music show with David Sanborn.:

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Posted in 2006

silas002- slightly monotonous head, but both sax solos really worked for me. Very accessible post-bop jazz.

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Posted in 2007:

jonathanragonese- this is not post bot silas002

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secars- We're lucky to have even this available to us. Anyone looking here who doesn't know Pharoah at his full (audio-only) power needs to go find the original version of this. The guitar in this makes my skin crawl, turns it into muzak.

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robertolucca- Pharoah is such a spiritual musician...very inspired, and what a tone and phrasing...there was Trane, and him...

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jjjjak- thats a very nice moment!

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ahsoman- He wrote this for his wife whos name was Thembi. BEautiful. I want to hear some LEon Thomas on here does antone have it?????

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Rhythmweb- Looks like omar hakim on drums and don alias on percussion, right? this is beautiful music..

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kirkbp1965-This peice is so lovely. I must say that David holds is own in the company of such a legend, KUDOS to Sanborn. This song has a sweet sadness to it but in the same breath it knocks your socks if you ain't ready. This song has a sweet sadness to it but in the same breath it knocks your socks if you ain't ready.

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mikesthong- the name of this song is "Thembi" from the album of that title. great stuff

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jasoncasper16 - This is great! I wish Pharoah had a longer solo... He sounded great! To give Sanborn credit, he did a great job too, and thank goodness this didn't go into the smooth jazz realm.

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magnetoclash - There is so much conviction in Pharoah's solo. Sanborn's solo is so by the numbers and trite. Typical that Sanborn gets the TV show, and all the hype, and Pharoah, the true master, gets a five minute spot. That's showbiz.

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Soul74 - Nice to hear Tom Barney on upright.

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groupshot-Pharoah Sanders -- well, what can you say about the man, the musician, the vanguard of a genre all its own? Here was a kat way ahead of it. What musicality! And that piece he recorded titled "Astral Traveling" was outrageously impressionistic, and beautifully elsewhere as is the title's namesake. And think of the musicians he spawned, like that of Lonnie Liston Smith and George Barron on Bb Soprano Saxophone. Let us not forget one of Pharoah's own inspirations -- John Coltrane.

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magnetoclash - Agree. Astral Traveling is a masterpiece. As is Kazuko, which is my favorite PS track. Sax, harmonium, kato and wind chimes. PS's tone on that track is absolutely pure.

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cidedwards31a- Thats the late Don Alias on congas.

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vintagelights- don alias was a great part of the night music band.

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xipe13- That looks like Omar Hakim on the drums. Cool.

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vintagelights- The night music show was such a venue for so many bands. I especially liked the jazz of course. The guests, miles davis, jean luc ponty. pharoe saunders. the band would jam with them. It was great.Guess it didn't sell enough Michelob Dry. What a shame it had to end.

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drfreebs - I love this tune and I have seen the great Pharoah live, you have obviously had your humour gland removed and turned in to a Jazz Nerd. Relax mate. Enjoy the legendary music

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vintagelights- If this video of pharoe saunders and the night music band with Sanborn trading licks doesn't touch you, nothing will.

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Posted in 2008:
brmgoons- What a man, the main artist, he is in the Uk i Jan, 1st time I will see him live, cant wait!!

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Trumpetplayer60076- Very spiritual. Pharoah is a master musician! David Sanborn is also a great player! Thanks for posting. This song has been in my head at times of distress and it never fails to bring calm.

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gibderm- anyone who enjoys this and wants longer solos.... I reccommend Summun Bukmun Umunyun, a 1971 masterpeice predicated on the holy Quaran, 2, 25;00 pieces.. and Cecil McBee on bass. truly inspirational

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leecool1956- It really is inspirational I still have that album.

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smoothbabic- IMO Sanborn showed of a little bit too much compared to pharoah's playing even though it was the end of the show

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watcher- Ooooohhh, so sweet like that first icee in the endless summertime running down your chin as an innocent child.

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perovaas - Night Music - the best music tv show EVER!

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lumpytwangage- AMEN!!

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bomsiva-Gorgeous... Pharaoh's always been the dude supreme.

BTW it's pronounced "Tembi"... no big deal but nice to get it right, especially if you're hosting god's tenor player :)

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preciousatonement- did u see the dude's guitar??? looks like it has been through a living hell

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voidforpurpose- Smooth and sinuous and passionate.

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augie1111- Wow, that was sweet to say the least. Thanks man. Ooh, my first post on youtube ever and it happens to be about Pharoah Cool. This is one of his tamer ones. Thanks again for posting this up, got it downloaded.

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Hannes2k- That was awesome, Pharoah Sanders is great and so is Sanbord. The end is out this world, really!

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amd77j- I didn't know that Hiram had died until I read this. I am deeply saddened to hear this. He was a genius. May he rest in peace.

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akuaman54- what year did hiram bullock pass away he played on a lot of david's albums

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MotownMs- July, 2008.

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raffen79- Pharoah is king!

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philxdespisedx- ive never really listened to this kind of music but hes really good

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Fretkillr- Thembi good players. Nice Sanborn solo. Pretty sure the git player is Hiram Bullock.

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pholzer5- Nice performance! Pharoah Sanders and David Sandborn both take elegant solos.

I caught Pharoah live at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach in 1980. He played three long sets. What a rich fat sound he gets out of his tenor.
(Guitar player here is indeed the late great Hiram Bullock.)

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connsax58 - for sure great musicians, but i hate in generally how sanborn looks when he plays. it looks stupid man

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Jazzman555- its because one of his arms is shorter than the other one so he has to change the neckstrap height to really high so his hand can reach and fit around the horn

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connsax58- ok thanks, i didnt know that

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carolspc- close your eyes and just listen!!

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Zerophoenix1- this was the first song i ever heard as ive been told by my pops.

:D

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NegativeFace - Great song. One of my favorite jazz albums of all time is thembi. I love it.

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ahsoman- i love this album too. i like the last track with all the yelling and african rythms

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Segantini1899- Pharoah Is God in Music

A real high spirtual powerful and BEAUTY

MUSIC like Coltrane

He`s the Best I mean THE BEST ever and ever and forever Amen

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Posted in 2009:

Jazzman303- Sandborn's Smooth jazz vibrato and articulation really clashes here... Sanders should have played alone

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sakalak- Agreed!

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GodinSDXTguitars- I don't know, I think it makes a neat effect.

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Jazzman303- I don't know.. it's just if they both are not doing it it's really annoying to me. If there was an alto player who was just playing the melody while understanding his position of playing under Sander's powerful sound. Especially on the out head... it's just in poor taste.

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acie1972- Thank you for posting this. I remember seeing this when it originally aired.

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mariano26788- it's so progresive pharoah.... like Miles in his times

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valvetrom- You can find young David Sanborn besides Dizzy G, But he is great in himself and a great composer

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Dr77Funkenstein- I wish there were more Pharoah Sanders videos on youtube....he is an exceptional human being

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swimmr16- I saw Pharoah Sanders last night live. Even after all this time he is AMAZING a jazz great for sure!

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redrum829- i love pharoah . he has a lot of spirit in his music . i feel the presence of the all Mighty when i hear his music.

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edcerc- im not crazy about the guitarist but pharoah sanders has a quality that is hard to describe and that is totally unique to him. He might me the most expressive player ive ever heard and he sounds great here. I dont know who the altoist is but hes good too. Sometimes when pharoah does stuff like this its on the verge of smooth jazz but the rawness of his tone sort of neutralizes it.

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Eegunjobi1966 - I REMAIN excited to see THE GREAT ONE'S concert in person last night at Yoshi's-San Francisco(6/25/09),"AND" have him to autograph my 1969 Karma Album of his,remember,"THE CREATOR HAS A MASTER PLAN....?.......and allow me to take a photo with him. I am favored definately by ELEDUMARE,AYANGALU,and the ORISHA!!!!!!

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ojackojacko- As always, Pharaoh Sanders is quite unbelievable along with his group. I too have enjoyed the albumn "The Creator Has A Master Plan!

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Tabla461 - why does david sanborn have to get involved? I like him, especially with paul butterfield dont get me wrong but.

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wholetruthaboutabs- Well, he was the host and did play with most of his guests. It's great seeing Pharoah at anytime, anywhere.

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hanseanblume- beautiful rendition. Long time since I heard this song.

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WretchedExcess- You don't even need to listen to this. David Sanborn and his horrible band kill this song. Pharoah Sanders' Thembi is wonderful piece that should be listened to off the album Thembi,not here. The guitar player is especially awful on this rendition.

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upabittoolate- While I agree that David Sanborn is [Expletive deleted] tripe, I think he did okay on this. I also think that the guitarist wasn't at all obtrusive. It's okay. It's not the best rendition of the piece. But it's not ruined.

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StevenCharlesJazz - Love Pharoah, one my main inspirations, love this tune, and yes, love this collaboration.....

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djalternegro - david needed validation. that is why he get involved.

pharoah graced him with his presence.

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Posted in 2010:
thembiwoulddowhat- I"m named after this song :)

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justchillton- its amazing how much more pharoah can say with so many less notes than sanborn-he's a true genius

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vintagelights- they both play different saxes. i think the're beautiful together

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pefesta - My only complaint about this video is the abrupt ending. This is special stuff. The sound quality is great and the groove is out of this world. Pharoah is, well...there are no words. And here Pharoah brings out the absolute best in Sanborn...and Sanborn is damn good. I want more...I would absolutely love about 5 more minutes of this groove. Anyone out there got it?

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scmm42 - @pefesta Unfortunately, there is no more to this video. This was the end of the show and they didn't broadcast any more.

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Sal1675 - @pefesta

I cant believe the rest ended up on the cutting room floor and thereafter in the refuse. What a sad story.

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dec15- Give Sanborn a break, folks. He's never been a favorite of mine, and yes, he over-played, took off all his clothes, illustrated all the technique he could muster (probably learned in some jazz school), but look who he was on the front line with! How many instrumentalists can stand next to and play with the great Pharoah and compliment his music? I can't think of very many.

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ChadizzleFoshizzle- He's not very artistic is he? He's got good technical ability and Rhythm but he's not much of a mood setter, which is what I think the best quality of music is, setting a state of mind which Pharoah is absolutely great at.

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lasmach - @ChadizzleFoshizzle no not artistic at all you gotta be [Expletive deleted] kiddin me

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ChadizzleFoshizzle-@lasmach Oh Sanborn rocks, don't get me wrong there, It was just more technique brilliance then it was artistic gold, that's all I'm saying.

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mikado415 - I have great memories of watching David Sanborn's program with my mom-my fellow night owl.

RIP Mom

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flybynight420- peace to you and your mum

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mikado415- Thanks & peace to you too.

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cprice4545- I remember this show it on very late , it was very hip, to bad we Americans just did not get it

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KeysTravel - There's something so sympathetic between this groove and the human brain, that I cannot imagine anyone not digging the groove and the melody of this song. One Of The Best EVER!

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fineyoungspecimen- I did not know David Sanborn had it in him!

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eBell05- haha, i feel u... ive actually just watched a couple david sanborn vids... hes not that bad (shocking! right? haha)

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pretorious700- wow-Pharoah is on another plane, just gentle flowing inspiration in every note. Sanborn sounds strident next to him-but who wouldn't?

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drnubian- typical david, kenny g and others will play with these brothers, go home work on the tune, go into study redo and make a millions, while the brothers are starving to get theire own show. welcome to america

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Nasyid1- I think ...Sanborn played perfect on Thembi . Mr. Sanders  no words he`s the MASTER thank you scmm42

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TheArbiter74- Schwweeettt! This is such a phenomenal album, THEMBI(1971. mca/impulse) and song. It appears we have Don Alias on percussion, which means we are in good hands. Stellar. I always held Pharoah in high-esteem with the other greats, and he played amazingly with Coltrane, as well. "The creator has a master plan. Peace and happiness for every man. The creator has but one demand, peace and happiness, through all the land".

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kjcarter - Pharoah , Sanborn , Hiram Bullock on guitar..Omar Hakim on drums......who can help me out.  beautiful song. Goo Pharoah

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wazzup4u-.... got me started & now i can't stop reflecting back & savoring the sounds of my younger years as my beard is as white as Pharoah's ...whose sounds still raise my spirits high into the blue skies of day and darker blues of night ..

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Eegunjobi1966 - Too much Dave,and NOT enough Pharaoh !!!

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Streamline09 - Why don't more people demand shows like this?

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Aggeasy- Please , im begging for a dvd with all the episodes from the show. [Expletive delelted] , i was born to late man... Its like , they dont realize how much it would mean to me and many other musicians. Its freakin eldorado man , let it out for the public once again! I demand justice!

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coosoorlog- What Jazz style/genre would you call this?

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umkid - Where has all the good black music gone? so sick of seing those uneducated rappers and the utter nonsense they rap

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ejguyton- @umkid I don't think you are looking at the right rappers

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grantyells- @ejguyton This is jazz, kid. Jazz and hip-hop have nothing to do with each other. Why are you even discussing hip-hop in the context of REAL art?

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azizip17-@grantyells, google "The Dozens: Hip-Hope Meets Jazz". From that article-"For well over forty years, jazz music and hip-hop music have flirted with each other on numerous occasions. When jazz artists began to experiment with sounds beyond free jazz and the avant-garde, they unknowingly helped plant one of the important seeds for hip-hop music. Hip-hop artists returned the favor in the 1980s, sampling some of the most respected music in the jazz catalogue."...There's more with a list of examples.

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Azizip17- I also want to say that I LOVE Pharoah Sanders. This tune is one of my favorites but my all time favorite is "The Creator Has A Master Plan" with Leon Thomas' vocals. That is Absolutely Sublime!!

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