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SANDERS, Pharoah.

Black Unity.

New York: Impulse!, 1972 Stock Code: 144520
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Signed and dated in full by Sanders in black marker pen on the inside front cover, "Pharoah Sanders, 2000". First pressing, dated 1971 on the label, of one of the highpoints in the Pharoah catalogue, "skimpy as to length, but packed with interest" (Penguin Guide); the great African-American photographer Chuck Stewart provided the striking portraits for this impressively-produced gatefold album.

Cook and Morton rate this ***(*), just a notch below their maximum grading, and go on to comment that "The line-up alone should be tweaking interest already; Garnett, Bonner, McBee and Hart have never enjoyed the celebrity they deserve, and here they contribute to a fascinating collage of sound, dark splashes of colour which never sound virtuosic but which contribute to an intensely vivid and dramatic canvas. Garnett in particular is stunning, a lighter sound almost in alto range. Again, it's tempting to wonder how much material from the session was left on the cutting-room floor" (ibid.). That line-up in full comprises Hannibal Marvin Peterson (trumpet), Carlos Garnett (tenor), Joe Bonner (piano), Stanley Clarke and Cecil McBee (bass), Norman Connors and Billy Hart (drums), Lawrence Killian (percussion). The group set up a thunderous groove from the word go, with Sanders occasionally joining Killian on balafon, the West African gourd-resonated xylophone.

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12-inch vinyl LP (Impulse! AS-9219), new plain paper sleeve (original sleeve also present), original gatefold album cover.


Hole punched top left through cover (known as a "cut-out" indicating return of album by retailer to manufacturer), some shelf wear; a few light abrasions to disc otherwise in very good condition.


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