2001 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
The 75-year-old saxophonist Pharoah Sanders will always be best known for his 1969 LP, Karma, and specifically its half-hour-long first track: “The Creator Has a Master Plan.” Built around two simple chords, the song finds Sanders sojourning in the screeching and pleading free-jazz territory of Albert Ayler and Charles Gayle; building melodic improvisations that show the influence of his former colleague and mentor, John Coltrane; and crying out in an incantatory yodel (with his voice, not his horn) that shows real abandon. Sanders’ music has hardly lost vitality in the more than 40 years since he recorded “Master Plan,” and he continues to dazzle with his flights of free-meets-form. Two separate sets at 8 & 10 p.m.