Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & the London Symphony Orchestra announce collab album
Here's a very cool collaboration: Floating Points, the electronic wiz who's also a genuinely good jazz bandleader, has teamed for an album with spiritual jazz legend Pharoah Sanders and the London Symphony Orchestra. The album -- which will be Pharoah Sanders' first in over a decade -- is called Promises and due March 26 via Luaka Bop (pre-order). Along with the announcement, they shared 26 seconds of music, and this:
Sam Shepherd (Floating Points): Pharoah...
Pharoah Sanders: Huh...?
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.
Stay tuned for more, and check out the new teaser video below...