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A Prayer Before Dawn


  • 1. Light at the Edge of the World, The
    2. Dedication to James W. Clark
    3. Softly for Shyla
    4. Greatest Love of All
    5. Midnight at Yoshi's
    6. Living Space
    7. After the Rain
    8. In Your Own Sweet Way
    9. Christmas Song, The
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 22047

  • Credits
    ProducerPharoah Sanders
    EngineerDave Shirk; Edward VanLandeghem

    Personnel: Pharoah Sanders (tenor saxophone), John Hicks (piano), William Henderson (piano, Kurzweil synthesizer), Lynn Taussig (sarod, chandrasarang), Alvin Queen (drums), Brian McLaughlin (tabla).
    Recorded at Hyde Street Studios, San Francisco, California in September 1987. Includes liner notes by Allen Pittman.
    Personnel: Pharoah Sanders (tenor saxophone); Lynn Taussig (sarod); Bill Henderson (piano, synthesizer); John Hicks (piano); William Henderson (Kurzwell synthesizer); Alvin Queen (drums); Brian McLaughlin (tabla).
    Audio Mixer: Dave Shirk.
    Liner Note Author: Allen Pittman.
    Recording information: Hyde Street Studios (09/1987).
    Photographer: Richard Blair.
    Recorded in 1987, A Prayer Before Dawn is one of Pharoah Sanders' gentle, reflective dates. Some jazz fans may cringe at his versions of "Christmas Song" and Whitney Houston's "The Greatest Love of All," but the music displays a heartfelt spirituality as opposed to financial slickness. It is the opposite of Sanders' characteristic fire-breathing tenor of his Impulse days, but there is nobility in taking this tranquil direction; Sanders refuses to repeat himself. He demands you listen with open ears, dropping preconceived notions. For instance, unlike the adult contemporary direction taken by one-time free jazz tenor titan Gato Barbieri, this date doesn't sound like a polished commercial venture as much as a quiet, meditative one. The use of tabla, sarod, and chandrasarang adds to the session's spiritual nature. ~ Al Campbell

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