The Promises saga continues with new behind the scenes footage released by Luaka Bop.
From the very first notes of Promises, it’s clear that something magical is about to unfold. The nine-movement long composition begins with a simple chord played by The London Symphony Orchestra and Sam Shepherd aka Floating Points. Sanders’ transcendent saxophone arrives patiently just under a minute-and-a-half into the piece.
A few hours ago, Luaka Bop released behind the scenes footage capturing these first few moments of the recording. In the video, Sanders asks for a “good time to come in,” in which Shepherd responds, “We can let the chords run. Just listen to it, and then tell me when you want… See you in 40 minutes!”
From Luaka Bop: “Floating Points and Pharoah Sanders at Sargent Recorders in Los Angeles, June 2019. This was the first moment Pharoah Sanders ever heard the Promises composition, and his first take on playing. It became Movement 1 and the opening of the album.”
Listen to Promises by Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra: