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Sonny Sharrock

Sonny Sharrock (Warren Harding Sharrock; August 27, 1940–May 25, 1994) was an American jazz guitarist. He was oncemarried to singerLinda Sharrock, with whom he sometimes recorded and performed.

One of few guitarists in the first wave of free jazz in the 1960s, Sharrock was known for his incisive, heavily chorded attack,his bursts of wildfeedback, and for his use of saxophone-like lines played loudly on guitar. He had in fact wanted to playtenor saxophone from his youth afterhearing John Coltrane play on Miles Davis’ album Kind of Blue on the radio at age 19,but his asthma ...read more

Sonny Sharrock (Warren Harding Sharrock; August 27, 1940–May 25, 1994) was an American jazz guitarist. He was oncemarried to singerLinda Sharrock, with whom he sometimes recorded and performed.

One of few guitarists in the first wave of free jazz in the 1960s, Sharrock was known for his incisive, heavily chorded attack,his bursts of wildfeedback, and for his use of saxophone-like lines played loudly on guitar. He had in fact wanted to playtenor saxophone from his youth afterhearing John Coltrane play on Miles Davis’ album Kind of Blue on the radio at age 19,but his asthma prohibited it. However Sharrock hadrepeatedly said that he still considered himself “a horn player with areally f***ed up axe..

Sharrock began his musical career singing doo wop as a teenager. He worked with Pharoah Sanders and Alexander Solla inthe late 1960s,appearing first on Sanders’s 1966 release Tauhid. He collaborated several times with flautist Herbie Mann andalso appeared uncredited onMiles Davis’ A Tribute to Jack Johnson, arguably his most famous collaboration.

Three albums under Sharrock’s name were released in the late ’60s through the mid-’70s: Black Woman, Monkey-Pockie-Boo, and an albumco-credited to both Sonny and his wife Linda, Paradise, though Sharrock believed the album wasembarrassingly bad and argued against itsreissue). After the release of Paradise, Sharrock was semi-retired for much of the1970s, undergoing a divorce from wife/occasionalcollaborator Linda in 1978. « hide

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