Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The LSO   Promises
3.8
excellent
Release Date: 2021
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3.3 greatJohnnyoftheWell STAFF | April 18th 21

patricians in 2020: 2 chords for 45 minutes

patricians in 2021: 3 chords for 46 minutes

progress has been made.


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4.5 superbnewsteamchannel4 | April 4th 21

Late classic, I suppose. Really tender and reflective with an almost stream-of-consciousness approach. Do not expect anything like Creator Has a Master Plan, the Pharoah heard here is effortlessly reserved, only contributing his velvet brass when the phrase demands it. This is a true, seamless listen as well. Let it run and you?ll find yourself on Movement 6 when you?re asssuming three. Sam Shepard clearly is a more than a prodigy or apprentice on this album, as well; though he may be the mentee, his contributions and compositional grace make this a soon to be 5 for me.

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4.5 superbajcollins15 | April 1st 21

Jazz is not a new music idea, on the contrary, it is one of America's oldest and richest musical genres in existence. Pharoah Sanders is a legendary 81-year-old saxophonist who was a part of the John Coltrane group in the mid-1960s. So, he is most known for blowing the roof of any album with his avant-garde jazz explosiveness. However, on the newest album, he brings in a fairly new underground electronic producer Floating Points who has made big waves in the progressive electronic and IDM streams. Two great minds come together to create a hell of a classical jazz crossover album. On first listen it is fairly repetitive, however, as each track comes and goes you?ll see how phenomenal of a saxophone player Pharoah. So much grace and nuance are thrown into this album that it doesn?t even seem real. Although the group is not re-inventing the wheel of jazz, they are producing a legendary crossover that any fan of music needs to listen to.

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4.5 superbCanadianSpud | March 27th 21

Not sure if it hits 5 just yet, need a few relistens first but it's easily the best album of 2021 so far. Who knew a fusion of classical and jazz composed like an Ambient album would turn out to be a potential masterpiece!

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4.5 superbThe Aspie Fantastie | May 7th 21

Can't say this is a predominantly jazz album, even though its leanings towards the genre are very strong. This is mostly a (new age-ish) neo-classical minimalist effort that exceeds any proper concrete boundaries and drives like a monster truck ahead into the stratosphere of beauty.

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4.0 excellentErwann S. CONTRIBUTOR | April 9th 21

Lovely and pleasant, the association between electronic, jazz, and classical works extremely well - my man Pharoah still delivering the goods at 81 years old. Legend. The way he plays the sax testifies of passing time: it's deeply humble, acting as a support line rather than stealing the spotlight. The only problem I see here is that the main motif played throughout the whole record doesn't get much development - but it's a delicious motif, beautifully complemented by strings, and its repetition doesn't hinder the whole experience. 4.0

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3.5 greatbrandaao | April 7th 21

Only starts to get really interesting by the 6th movement.r

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