*This is a Vinyl LP*
Release Date: 2021
Label: Luaka Bop
Black vinyl, housed in a die-cut gatefold sleeve, with a 12×12″ insert.
- Movements 1-5
- Movements 6-9
Orchestrated By – The London Symphony Orchestra
Piano, Harpsichord, Celesta, Solo Vocal, Arranged By, Written By – Sam Shepherd
Tenor Saxophone, Voice – Pharoah Sanders
Sam: Were you asleep? I’m sorry…
Pharoah: No no… I was listening… and dreaming… and listening to music in my head…
Sam: Oh wow… sorry.
Pharoah: Many times, people think I might be asleep… but in fact, I am just listening to music in my head. I’m always listening… to the sounds around me… and playing, in my mind… and sometimes I dream.
Sam: What were you dreaming about?
Pharoah: I’m on a ship. In the ocean. Bears coming around smoking cigars. The bears are singing, ‘We have the music. We have what you’re looking for.’
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Pharoah: How you like that take, Sam?
Sam: It’s cool. I think the bit in the middle, where it stops again…I think you can hear…
We were both kind of confused. I like it as well because it sounds like two musicians that are trying to guide each other.
Pharoah: I think that’s it right there. It came out different. It came out good though.
Sam: You happy?
Pharoah: Yeah, I’m cool with it.
Sam: Okay. Yeah, I think your playing is beautiful