Morocco / USA, 1994, gnawa / spiritual jazz

Maleem Mahmoud Ghania With Pharoah SandersThe Trance of Seven Colors: A couple of Americans hop a plane for Morocco to play some gnawa music, except one of those Americans is Pharoah Sanders, and the place they decide to play is someone’s house, where Ghania is surrounded by many of his family members as they all make a field recording album, half of which is traditional, ritualistic gnawa songs, along with a Ghania original, a Sanders original, and a strong collaboration between the two to kick off the whole session. Not only is this recording just over 70 minutes, it’s meandering and ritualistic in nature—giving your mind room to wander, too—so this might test some people’s patience.

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