Pharoah Sanders on Selecting the Sax

SELECTING THE SAX [:60]

RUFFIN: NOW A JAZZ MOMENT

SANDERS: I was very serious at a young age about trying to play an instrument.

FROM THE TUBA TO THE CLARINET, NEA JAZZ MASTER PHAROAH SANDERS PLAYED A NUMBER OF INSTRUMENTS BEFORE SETTLING ON THE SAXOPHONE.

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SANDERS: Then when I got on the tenor, I felt comfortable. I didn't feel like it was something that I haven't played before. If you played clarinet and switched to tenor, I think you have more quality in the sound The clarinet give you more simplicity, and how to control the notes, and how to play straight and in tune, in pitch, and how to articulate. The saxophone, you can express yourself more, because it's a reed instrument. You can bend notes.

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THIS JAZZ MOMENT WITH PHAROAH SANDERS WAS PRODUCED BY THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS.

Excerpt of “The Creator Has a Master Plan” composed and performed by Pharoah Sanders live in Frankfurt, 1986,  used by permission of Ferrell Sanders Music Inc. [BMI]