Follow the Pharoah



As a teenager, the adventurous tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders backed singers like Bobby Bland and Junior Parker, but the Little Rock native was not destined for the blues life. Instead, Sanders fell in with the jazz crowd, working with everyone from trumpeter Don Cherry to saxophone great John Coltrane.

Sanders’ initial session as a leader, the cleverly titled Pharoah’s First, features trumpeter Stan Foster, pianist Jane Getz (who later recorded with the Bee Gees and Ringo Starr), bassist William Bennett, and drummer Marvin Pattillo.


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