PHAROAH SANDERS / “The Creator Has A Master Plan”

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youngblood Says:
October 3rd, 2006 at 5:33 pm

Pharaoh is one of a rapidly decreasing few giants of the saxophone. Because of classics like The Creator Has a Master Plan, Live At the East, Black Unity, every utterance from Little Rock’s Selmer Mark VI takes on added significance because Pharaoh represents the link where “post 60’s hard bop” began to address Black nationalism through a socio-political/spiritual as well as an African centered view of the world. I remember being totally at odds with my parents who were more Martin than Malcolm. While me and my brothers were standing on the verge of gettin it on my mother refused service to our vinyl platter of Malcolm’s Message to the Grass Roots . The Master Plan was something we all could listen and relate to.

Then there were those of my age group who were following The Honorable Elijah Muhammad mainly because of what the minister did to bring forth the awareness of Black economic power and entrepreneurship, some of us were becoming vegetarians, still others were joining the Panthers and there were others who began dealing with more traditional forms of African religion. We all had divergent views on the purpose of and effectiveness of the role of spirituality in “the cause”. Some argued, and still do for that matter, that spirituality doesn’t do anything for the revolution. Others believe that any revolution has to start with a revolution of the spirit.

The Creator Has A Master Plan brings to memory a time when the soundtrack to the dichotomy existing within the Black Power Movement made us stop, listen and re-examine – if only for a moment what the revolution is and how we see ourselves in it, how we relate and respond and where we were headed now that the march was over.

It was as through these new yet familiar sounds, eastern sounds, African sounds reinforced in us a more international approach to how we saw this revolution going down. Ho Chi Men himself addressed the Black soldiers of the Vietnam War asking, “Why are you here? Trust me, that speech was not nor was it considered a propaganda tool. Even when things began to fall apart between the parents of the Civil Rights movement and the children of the Black Power movement we all began to build on the African consciousness that put all our lives in a broader perspective.

The Creator Has A Master Plan from Karma, Black Unity, the title track and only cut from that recording and the Healing Song from Live At the East are but a few of examples of how one man kept a finger on the pulse of what was happening in our lives. A king in the truest sense of the word, Pharaoh is a leader, warrior and healer

Hector Says:
October 7th, 2006 at 3:57 pm

Great site. I am just getting into Sanders and this is a real treat. I put a link on my site to yours cause I love the format and tunes so much.

Thank you

Ekere Says:
December 4th, 2006 at 3:53 pm

All we can say to Pharoah Sanders is yes.
My husband and I saw him live in Oakland five years back or so. Moving. He had Dwight Tribble with him and that brother has a voice that flows and swells and speaks volumes.


one love,

Jim Says:
June 3rd, 2007 at 1:27 pm

…the creator has a masterplan … peace and happiness for every man

kaly turner Says:
September 28th, 2013 at 4:16 pm

in the 70’s i had an album I believe was Pharoah Sanders….and what I wouldnt do to hear “in the Key of D”…i cant google it…i cant even find it! I also want to believe that mr sanders played the sound track to the movie “the brothers” about the black panthers…i cant find this movie either! but I kno I had it…and saw it! I want to hear that song again…it spoke to my soul!

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