US jazz musician: saxophonist Pharoah Sanders died

Status: 09/25/2022 00:40 a.m

Pharoah Sanders is dead. The US jazz musician died at the age of 81. The saxophonist became famous, among other things, through his collaboration with John Coltrane and his spiritual music.

American jazz saxophonist Pharoah Sanders has died in Los Angeles at the age of 81. This was announced by the record company Luaka Bop, which released his album “Promises” in 2021. Sanders was considered one of the key figures in the avant-garde phase of modern jazz and also became famous through his close collaboration with John Coltrane in the 1960s.

Co-founder of ethno-jazz

Sanders later developed into one of the founders of ethno-jazz. He included Islam and spiritual traditions of Africa in his work and also made them the subject of his music.

Among Sanders’ best known works is the two-part track “The Creator Has a Master Plan” from the 1969 album Karma. It’s almost 33 minutes long.

Sanders was from Little Rock, Arkansas, USA, where he was born in 1940. He started his career as a musician in Oakland, California, but went to New York in 1961 to establish himself as a professional musician – initially without much success.

However, Coltrane became aware of him, with whose band Sanders then performed regularly. A successful solo career followed, during which he changed labels several times and released more than 35 albums.

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