Jazz saxophonist Pharoah Sanders has died at the age of 81, according to a Saturday announcement from record label Luaka Bop and a statement from his representative.
“We are devastated to share that Pharoah Sanders has passed away,” Luaka Bop wrote. On twitter. “He passed away peacefully surrounded by loving family and friends in Los Angeles this morning. Forever and ever the most beautiful human being, may he rest in peace.”
In an email to CNN, Sanders’ representative, Anna Sala, confirmed the musician’s death, calling it “a great loss for the music world.”
“His work influenced many generations of artists,” said Sala.
Sanders’ rich discography includes more than 30 albums dating from 1965, according to your website.
Born in Arkansas, the prolific musician collaborated with jazz legend John Coltrane during the 1960s. In 1988, Sanders won a Grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Group for his work on “Blues for Coltrane – A Tribute”. to John Coltrane”.
His musical technique was distinguished by his willingness to innovate and experiment with the saxophone and his transcendent style, sometimes called “spiritual jazz”.
British electronic producer Floating Points was among those who took to social media on Saturday to remember Sanders’ life on Saturday.
The artist, who collaborated with Sanders on a 2021 collaborative studio album called “Promises,” shared a photo of him and Sanders. On twitter.
“My beautiful friend passed away this morning,” Floating Points wrote. “I am so lucky to have met this man, and we are all blessed that his art will stay with us forever. Thank you Pharaoh.”