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Sonny Sharrock

The career of the late Sonny Sharrock is unique in modern jazz. He first aspired as a doo-wop singer, determined to take music as his vocation after listening to Miles Davis' “Kind of Blue.” Aspired to play saxophone but instead took up guitar in his early 20's due to asthmatic conditions, nonetheless he emulated his guitar styling after the energy players such as Coltrane and Pharaoh Sanders. He appeared as a cameo in Mile Davis' “Jack Johnson” album and Wayne Shorter's “Super Nova” album as well. His most notable appearance was his duel with Sanders on “Taulid” and “Izipho Zam.” His primal tone with gusto was indeed a one-of-a-kind. Although his didn't employ massive distortion to create the full-on blast, Sharrock's buzz saw lines with slamming dissonant chords were definite a character in the late '60s free jazz scene.

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Albums

Ask the Ages
Ask the Ages
M.o.d. Technologies
2016
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Ask the Ages
Ask the Ages
M.o.d. Technologies
2015
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Black Woman/People Get Ready
Black Woman/People...
Collectables
2000
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[no cover]
Black Woman / People...
Milestone Records
2000
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[no cover]
Into Another Light
Milestone Records
1996
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[no cover]
Space Ghost: Coast To...
Milestone Records
1994
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