A Prayer Before Dawn

A Prayer Before Dawn is an album led by saxophonist Pharoah Sanders recorded in 1987 and released on the Theresa label that year.[1]

A Prayer Before Dawn
Studio album by
RecordedSeptember 1987 at Hyde Street Studios in San Francisco, CA
LabelTheresa TR 127
Pharoah Sanders chronology
Oh Lord, Let Me Do No Wrong
A Prayer Before Dawn
Moon Child


Professional ratings
Review scores

In his review for AllMusic, Al Campbell commented: "A Prayer Before Dawn is one of Pharoah Sanders' gentle, reflective dates. ...It is the opposite of Sanders' characteristic fire-breathing tenor of his Impulse days, but there is nobility in taking this tranquil direction; Sanders refuses to repeat himself. He demands you listen with open ears, dropping preconceived notions."[2] Writing in the Chicago Tribune, Jack Fuller wrote: "There is a sweetness about some of the cuts on this 1987 recording by tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders that becomes almost cloying at times. ...like Archie Shepp and so many other fine jazz exponents from earlier times, he has returned to the basics".[3]

Track listing

All compositions by Pharoah Sanders except as indicated

  1. "The Light at the Edge of the World" (Piero Piccioni) - 5:08
  2. "Dedication to James W. Clark" - 5:15
  3. "Softly for Shyla" (William Henderson) - 5:21
  4. "The Greatest Love of All" (Linda Creed, Michael Masser) - 8:23
  5. "Midnight at Yoshi's" - 5:57
  6. "Living Space" (John Coltrane) - 4:32
  7. "After the Rain" (Coltrane) - 6:34
  8. "In Your Own Sweet Way" (Dave Brubeck) - 7:08 Bonus track on CD reissue
  9. "The Christmas Song" (Mel Tormé, Robert Wells) - 7:25 Bonus track on CD reissue



  1. Pharoah Sanders discography accessed January 15, 2015
  2. Campbell, Al. A Payer Before Dawn – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved January 15, 2015.
  3. Fuller, J., Chicago Tribune Review, August 29, 1993
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