Evidence Releases Three Long-Overdue Jazz Gems by Pharoah Sanders, John Hicks, and Sonny Fortune et al


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Pharoah Sanders spent 1965-1967 as a member of John Coltranes band. He left the band shortly before Coltranes death and continued recording as a solo artist. After putting out LPs for Impulse and Arista throughout the sixties and seventies, Pharoah began a fruitful relationship with Allen Pittman in 1979. Pittman was the owner of El Cerrito, CA-based Theresa Records. Live was his fourth album for Theresa, and was originally released in 1982. The album captures all the joy and excitement of Pharoahs concerts during the eighties and features John Hicks on piano, Walter Booker on bass and Idris Muhammad on drums. Now available for the first time on CD, it features five live tracks from a tour of the West Coast in 1981, and includes a 21 minute bonus track, Doktor Pitt. It is mastered from the original analog tapes and the A/D conversion was at 24 bit using the Pacific Microsonics HDCD encoder.

ECD-22224 JOHN HICKS John Hicks
John Hicks is a well-schooled pianist, having attended the Berklee School of Music and Lincoln University. Originally from St. Louis, he has now made New York his home. He has been performing since his early 20s, and has worked with the likes of Little Milton, Woody Herman, Pharoah Sanders, Art Blakey, and Betty Carter. This a reissue of his fourth album, which was originally released on LP, in 1984 on Theresa Records. Featured are Bobby Hutcherson on vibraphone, and Walter Booker on bass. This is the first time it has been issued on CD, and includes a bonus track, Beantown Blues. It is mastered from the original analog tapes and the A/D conversion was at 24 bit using the Pacific Microsonics HDCD encoder.

Although the term supergroup usually brings to mind the likes of Blind Faith and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, it is a word by no means exclusive to the rock world. Saxophonists Billy Harper and Sonny Fortune, pianist Stanley Cowell, bassist Reggie Workman and drummer Billy Hart got together in the mid-80s, did some performances, made one album and, like most supergroups, disbanded after too short a time. Great Friends is that lone album. After the band had forged its material in the heat of a European tour, they went right into the studio. Thats why the music is smoking, says bassist Reggie Workman. Originally recorded for the French Black & Blue label, Great Friends has been unavailable in the United States-until now. These performances are not merely good, theyre super.

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