Renowned saxophonist Pharoah Sanders first rose to fame in the '60s after joining the Sun Ra Arkestra and John Coltrane's later ensembles. An essential component of free jazz's early days, Sanders was first recognized for his notoriously aggressive and huge tenor sound. Without losing any of his raw power Sanders quickly began to further expand upon and refine his craft into a more patient, melodic, and spiritually peaceful sound, working a unique beauty into the psychedelic spaciousness of Sun Ra, alongside the improvisational chops and compositional courage of contemporaries like John and Alice Coltrane.
Sanders' eleven Impulse albums - from 1967's Tauhid to 1974's Love In Us All - stand among the label's finest runs. He kicked off the 1970s with the African music influenced Deaf, Dumb, Blind (Summun, Bukmun, Umyun), a remarkable expression of rhythmic sounds and spiritual ideas from Sanders and Co. while they were at the peak of their powers. The music contained within is not just a wonderful example of communicating a message through music, but very simply a great jazz recording to be enjoyed without any pretense or preconception.