Master Planners: Interpretations of Pharoah Sanders’s Magnum Opus

Pharoah Sanders and Leon Thomas's thirty-minute magnum opus, 'The Creator Has a Master Plan' is arguably the paradigmatic work of spiritual jazz, setting the template of deep groove, free blowing and global rhythms that has long characterized the form. But it has also become, improbably enough, something of a standard, covered dozens upon dozens of times--both within the bounds of jazz and beyond them. We scoured a half century of covers and rounded up a handful of our absolute favorite incarnations . . .

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