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Category: harmonium

Monday, September 26th


Pharoah Sanders, tenor saxophonist, October 13, 1940–September 23, 2022

“Kazuko” (P. Sanders) with Paul Arslanian (harmonium), live, California (Marin Headland), 1982


“You’ve Got To Have Freedom” (P. Sanders)

Take 1: Live (with William Henderson, piano; James Leary, bass; Kharon Harrison, drums), Los Angeles, 2011


Take 2: Live (with John Hicks, piano; Walter Booker, bass; Idris Muhammad, drums), Los Angeles, 1981


“The Creator Has a Master Plan” (P. Sanders, L. Thomas) with Leon Thomas (vocals), et al., 1969

Friday, January 28th

what’s new

Jake Xerxes Fussell (vocals, guitar) with Libby Rodenbough (violin, harmonium, vocals) and Casey Toll (bass), live (“The River St. Johns,” “Have You Ever Seen Peaches Growing on a Sweet Potato Vine?”, “Breast of Glass”), Pittsboro, North Carolina, published 1/25/22



random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Tuesday, April 10th

basement jukebox

Sonny Boy Williamson II, “Help Me” (S. Williamson, W. Dixon, R. Bass), 1963




random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Tuesday, 3/20/12

There are all kinds of gospel.

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan & Party, “Akhiyan Udeek Diyan,” live

Thursday, 11/3/11

Nils Økland, Hardanger fiddle
Sigbjørn Apeland, harmonium
“Blond blå,” live

What’s more surprising—that there’s so much ugliness in the world, or so much beauty?



reading table

Who are we, if not a combination of experiences, information, books we have read, things imagined? Each life is an encyclopedia, a library, an inventory of objects, a series of styles, and everything can be constantly reshuffled and reordered in every conceivable way.

—Italo Calvino, Six Memos for the Next Millennium (trans. Patrick Creagh; 1988)

Thursday, 10/14/10

Great horn players don’t play—they sing.

Pharoah Sanders (tenor saxophone, with Paul Arslanian, harmonium), “Kazuko,” live, California (Marin Headland), 1982



Trane was the father. Pharoah was the son. I was the holy ghost.

Albert Ayler



Want more of the late Albertina Walker?

This week’s Gospel Memories (WLUW-FM)—available here—is devoted entirely to her music.

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