Pharaoh Sanders whose given name is Ferrell Sanders possess one of the most distinctive tenor saxophone sounds of jazz. In 1964 John Coltrane asked Sanders to join his ensemble where he made his first record as a leader in that same year. After Coltrane's death in 1967, Sanders worked briefly with his widow, Alice Coltrane. In the decades after his first recordings with Coltrane, Sanders developed into a more well rounded artist, capable of playing convincingly in a variety of contexts, from free to mainstream. Some of his best work is his most accessible. As a mature artist, Sanders discovered a hard-edged lyricism that has served him well.