The music you don’t hear on the radio

photo (4)This song from an early album by Pharoah Sanders contrasts his role in John Coltrane’s band, where he was known for his style of over-blowing and dissonance.

Thembi is also the last recording on which Sanders’ collaborated with pianist Lonnie Liston Smith, who launched his own career as a leader with an album featuring this song.

In this 2007 interview, Smith explains how he found a Fender Rhodes piano stored in the studio, and this was his first experience playing it.

photo (5)We heard this song for the first time in a long while recently when this compilation album turned up. The title — The Music You Don’t Hear on the Radio…at Least for the Time Being — is probably as apt today, although you may hear some of the artists on this collection (including Pharoah, Archie Shepp, Chico Hamilton and Ahmad Jamal) on KFAI’s great Saturday morning program, Mostly Jazz.

 

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