Share This Page

Review: Pharoah Sanders offers top-notch jazz evening

On Saturday evening, Pharoah Sanders showed free jazz can be more than formless forays into near noise.

In one of the best jazz evenings in this city in years, Sanders explored his tenor sax at the August Wilson Center, Downtown. He did that in wildly inventive versions of songs such as a 40-minute version of "My Favorite Things" and his encore, "Giant Steps," the piece that is like a master's thesis for many musicians.

His play included aggressive flurries, deep tonal submerges and some high shrieks. Several times, he produced sound simply by disturbing the air with the motion on the keys of his instrument. He ended "My Favorite Things" with that sort of subtlety.

He was accompanied by longtime associate William Henderson on keyboards along with Pittsburgh's Roger Humphries on drums, Dwayne Dolphin on bass and George Jones on percussion.

Dolphin and Humphries, two of the city's finest jazz players, were taken to even higher levels in their tireless work. At one point, Henderson made a statement in a solo that Humphries responded to in a rhythmic manner.

It grew into a drums-piano conversation that was reflective of the powerful jazz of the concert.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.