Pharoah Sanders on Playing from Within
RUFFIN: NOW A JAZZ MOMENT
The Bird Song
SANDERS: I never look at the word jazz. I just play.
FOR NEA JAZZ MASTER PHAROAH SANDERS, PLAYING MUSIC IS ABOUT CREATI AND SELF-EXPRESSION.
SANDERS: I feel like all of my music is com from the within myself. Whatever comes through me, I'm trying to express, and free myself, and let it out, whatever it is. Sometimes you just have to come out of the books and just play.
You’ve Got to Have Freedom
SANDERS: I let the people figure out what it sound like. ou say jazz, folk music, gospel, other spiritual music. You can play notes, but if you don't put anything in the notes, that's it is; it's just notes.
THIS JAZZ MOMENT WITH SAXOPHONIST PHAROAH SANDERS WAS PRODUCED BY THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS
Excerpt of “The Bird Song” composed and performed by Pharoah Sanders from the album, Welcome to Love, used courtesy of Timeless Records and excerpt of “You’ve Got to Have Freedom” . Both songs used by permission of Ferrell Sanders Music Inc. [BMI]