Deaf Dumb Blind (Summun Bukmun Umyun)

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Deaf Dumb Blind
(Summun Bukmun Umyun)
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Studio album by
RecordedJuly 1, 1970
LabelImpulse! Records
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]

Deaf Dumb Blind (Summun Bukmun Umyun) is an album by the American jazz saxophonist Pharoah Sanders. It was recorded at A & R Studios in New York City on July 1, 1970, and released on Impulse! Records in the same year. The album's title is bilingual: "Summun Bukmun Umyun" is Arabic for "Deaf Dumb Blind".

The phrase صُمٌّ بُكْمٌ عُمْيٌ ṣummun, bukmun, ʻumyun is taken from verse 18 of Surat al-Baqarah in the Qur'an. According to the liner notes, the album is "predicated on spiritual truths and to the future enlightenment of El Kafirun or The Rejectors of Faith (non-believers)."

The performances on the album are strongly influenced by the music of Africa.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Summun, Bukmun, Umyun" (Sanders) – 21:16
  2. "Let Us Go Into The House Of The Lord" (arr. by Lonnie Liston Smith) – 17:46



  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ Martin-McCormick, Daniel (November 10, 2017). "Pharoah Sanders: Deaf Dumb Blind (Summun Bukmun Umyun)". Pitchfork. Retrieved April 26, 2019.