By Cheo Tyehimba
Updated February 05, 1999 at 05:00 AM EST

Pharoah Sanders still achieves the mesmerizing African and Eastern-influenced polyrhythms that marked his work with the ever-experimenting John Coltrane. On Save Our Children, his pilgrimage through the Afro-Asiatic jazz diaspora resonates on songs like ”The Ancient Song” and ”Kazuko,” on which he shapes a pastiche of haunting harmonies and tones behind his trademark sax screams. The title track is saddled with a clumsy Arabic rap, but it represents, like the album itself, his exploratory genius. B