Abdul Wadud, a cellist who pioneered the use of his instrument as a vehicle for jazz improvisation, died August 10 in Cleveland, Ohio. He was … Read More “Pioneering Cellist Abdul Wadud Dies at 75”
2. Floating Points/Pharoah Sanders/London Symphony Orchestra Promises (Luaka Bop)
It’s a slow burn, and sometimes it seems whisper-thin. Yet the power of Promises is in its exquisite crawl: a long, dark tunnel with each of Pharoah’s sax breaks coming on like a sudden burst of radiant sunlight. The saxophonist finally gets a real release about 11 minutes before the 46-minute piece ends—and the long buildup is more than worth it. MICHAEL J. WEST
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