Sonny Sharrock: Once Upon a Time

Track

Once Upon a Time

Artist

Sonny Sharrock (elecctric guitar)

CD

Ask the Ages (Axiom: 422-848 957-2)

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Musicians:

Sonny Sharrock (elecctric guitar), Pharoah Sanders (tenor sax), Charnett Moffett (bass), Elvin Jones (drums).

Recorded: New York, NY. 1991

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Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

This track begins with one of THE greatest drummers of the 20th century laying the foundation for the whole piece. Bass is introduced briefly and then that marvelously saturated electric guitar sound of Sonny Sharrock. The guitarist is one of the more enigmatic figures of jazz to come out of the 60’s. He died young (53) and this session has him working with Sanders, who was one of the first artists he recorded with (Tauhid, 1966). Co-produced by Bill Laswell, this is one of Sonny’s best records and this tune’s drone-like quality builds regally through the fade with some beautiful soloing from the guitarist.

Reviewer: Frank Murphy

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