Ask the Ages

Sonny Sharrock died of a heart attack in 1994, leaving behind nothing but a kick-butt legacy that quickly flew under too many radars. An asthmatic condition sidelined young Sharrock’s desire to be a saxophone player. Had he managed to overcome the asthma, he might have gone on to be just another pretty good jazz sax player. Instead, he took up the guitar and played it as if he were still thinking of the saxophone. He struck a remarkable balance between noisy racket and melodious single-line playing that set him far apart from many a jazz guitarist.

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