Sonny Sharrock - Ask the Ages

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I really love this.

sundar subramanian (sundar), Sunday, 25 May 2003 02:21 (seventeen years ago) link

Saw him perform live at Tramp's in, like, 1989. He was cool, actually.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Sunday, 25 May 2003 02:26 (seventeen years ago) link

It is a great album, however for me this pales into insignificance compared with:

Alex in NYC in "I went to jazz gig and enjoyed it" shockah!!!

Stewart Osborne (Stewart Osborne), Sunday, 25 May 2003 03:58 (seventeen years ago) link

Yes, I know, I am a fatuous cheese monkey and guilty of dishonouring the fire and all sorts of other things that I really ought to have been honouring. ;~P

Stewart Osborne (Stewart Osborne), Sunday, 25 May 2003 03:59 (seventeen years ago) link

I have this album, but haven't played it in probably ten years. Maybe I'll dig it out.

Sean (Sean), Sunday, 25 May 2003 04:45 (seventeen years ago) link

"As We Used To Sing" 's one beauty from Ask The Ages, me recalls. and there're others... yet i'd take Guitar over any S'Sharrock album (that i've heard, i.e.)

t\'\'t (t\'\'t), Sunday, 25 May 2003 09:40 (seventeen years ago) link

'Ask the Ages' is far and away the best rec Laswell ever produced - it's sort've thrilling to hear Elvin Jones playing in a semi-free context, and the reunion w/ Pharoah Sanders isn't, for once, a total let-down. Sundar, you might wanna check out 'Tauhid' (a Sanders rec from '66, also featuring SS) for a gd comparison between Sharrock's early free playing and his later 'mature' style. Think I prefer 'Ask the Ages' to 'Guitar' - the latter already shows sign of Sonny moving into the New Age Knopfler nooding that so ruins his late late recs ('Seize the Rainbow' etc.) - but 'Black Woman' remains my fave Sharrock rec. as leader - Linda Sharrock screaming rawthroated blueswail AND the utterly distinctive Milford Graves playing a relatively conventional 'rock' kit - doesn't get much better than that!

Andrew L (Andrew L), Sunday, 25 May 2003 09:58 (seventeen years ago) link

yeah I got hold of the reish of black woman this year. marvellous stuff but I've never seen 'ask the ages' so i assume its out of print.

I also like sharrock's other record with linda 'Monkie-pockie-boo' which has been reissued on BYG last year. its got him slide whistle!

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Sunday, 25 May 2003 10:52 (seventeen years ago) link

I went to jazz gig and enjoyed it

Yeah, a bit unlikely, but I went with my jazzbo friend, the excellently-named Brent Butterworth, who was into stuff like James Blood Ulmer, Last Exit, Ronald Shannon Jackson and that sorta stuff...jazz with teeth, if you like. I liked some of it.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Sunday, 25 May 2003 11:03 (seventeen years ago) link

If I could only be so fortunate to have that fucking name...maN, my life would be so much more meaningfull.

thomas de'aguirre (biteylove), Sunday, 25 May 2003 11:49 (seventeen years ago) link

If I could only be so fortunate to have that fucking name...maN, my life would be so much more meaningfull.
the drum intro on the last song is stuff of legend.

thomas de'aguirre (biteylove), Sunday, 25 May 2003 11:51 (seventeen years ago) link

Yeah, everyone kills it on this record, but it especially made me appreciate Charnett Moffett (I think at the time I only knew him as a Wynton-alum). I think I'll have to go dig it out as well.

Jordan (Jordan), Sunday, 25 May 2003 12:17 (seventeen years ago) link

Funny. I was cleaning up my cd collection yesterday and dug up Ask The Ages! I didn't play it but I did remember how great it is.
Elvin Jones is tremendous on this, and I'm almost of a mind with Andrew L. I think this is one of Laswell's best productions.

Jay Vee (Manon_70), Sunday, 25 May 2003 13:37 (seventeen years ago) link

That moment in the first song when Pharoah is going ape at the end of his solo and Sharrock comes screaming in out of nowhere is one of my favorites in all of free jazz.

Dave M. (rotten03), Sunday, 25 May 2003 18:50 (seventeen years ago) link

My favorite non-leader Sharrock appearance is on the Marzette Watts & Company record on ESP-Disk. Smokin'.

hstencil, Sunday, 25 May 2003 23:35 (seventeen years ago) link

really? not so hot on that one. it feels strangely directionless.

Dave M. (rotten03), Sunday, 25 May 2003 23:51 (seventeen years ago) link

hmm, yeah I think it's great, and also love Black Woman and Monkey-Pockie-Boo. Haven't heard Ask the Ages and I'm not a fan of some of his later stuff.

hstencil, Sunday, 25 May 2003 23:52 (seventeen years ago) link

Here are the ones I put in *Stairway to Hell* (in order of preference then, with the number indicating the order I placed each among 500 heavy metal albums. I haven't listened to any of these in forever):

*Guitar*, #84
*Seize the Rainbow,* #204
Last Exit *Iron Path*, #268
Last Exit *The Noise of Trouble,* #285
*Black Woman,* #290
Last Exit *Last Exit,* #342
Last Exit *Casette Recording 87*, #402

Also, the first sentence of my *Black Woman* review went: "*Monkey Pockie Boo*'s ungraspable anarchy and *Paradise*'s unsavory ivory came later, so of Sonny's 3 incomparably strident precomeback LPs, this one's easiest to make sense of, and I'll take it over the mostly lackadaisy live-in-Paris '82 trio date *Dance With Me Montana,* too."

(Whatever that means.)

chuck, Tuesday, 27 May 2003 19:41 (seventeen years ago) link

His best appearance as a non-ldaer is on Miles's Jack Johnson (he's uncredited)

I never liked Ask The Ages or anything following Paradise - too 'downtown' for my tastes I guess. But Monkey Pockie Boo gets a lot of play around here, more than Black Woman, even...

I HATE Last Exit

roger adultery (roger adultery), Tuesday, 27 May 2003 22:09 (seventeen years ago) link

For whatever it's worth, Miles's *Jack Johnson* is #171 in *Stairway to Hell* (which would make it the second highest Sharrock album therein, not to mention the second highest Miles album, since *Agharta* is at #144 and *Pangea* is at #256. Apparently I determined that *On the Corner* and *Get Up With It*, my two favorite Miles LPs by far, weren't metal enough. Nobody has ever argued with me about that, oddly.) I think I also used to own a Herbie Mann album that Sonny played on once, but I don't think I ever liked it very much.

chuck, Tuesday, 27 May 2003 23:37 (seventeen years ago) link

oh my fucking god roger how can you hate last exit? the s/t album alone is godhead. it's also the only album even vaguely attached to bill laswell that i've ever really enjoyed, that i can recall right now. his bass playing on that album is one of the few threads of out-genius that has not been picked up and exploited by others.

(and can someone explain to me why 'on the corner' is good or refer me to someone who might change my mind?)

Dave M. (rotten03), Wednesday, 28 May 2003 00:05 (seventeen years ago) link

man, the melodies and rhythms of On The Corner get stuck in my head like a railroad spike in Phineas Cage's

and Last Exit fucking RAWKS!

JasonD (JasonD), Wednesday, 28 May 2003 00:24 (seventeen years ago) link

Because of this thread I went to dig up Ask the Ages...and it wasn't there.

Sean (Sean), Wednesday, 28 May 2003 01:46 (seventeen years ago) link

one month passes...
Beautiful, jaw-agape album. I love the part in the title track during the theme restatement when Sharrock plays the straight melody and Pharaoh wails underneath of it -- vicious. The themes on the entire record are incredibly strong and catchy, and the musical sigh of the second track is unbelievably gorgeous. Sundar, I'm interested to know why you love this particular record so much.

Clarke B., Tuesday, 8 July 2003 04:30 (sixteen years ago) link

Mad deep, people. MAD deep.

Kenan Hebert (kenan), Tuesday, 8 July 2003 04:33 (sixteen years ago) link

I bought this album (on cassette!) when it came out in 1991. Rolling Stone had given it a positive featured review. But when I heard it I was like, "What the fuck is this?" I think it was another five years before I listened to it again.

Kenan Hebert (kenan), Tuesday, 8 July 2003 04:43 (sixteen years ago) link

''That moment in the first song when Pharoah is going ape at the end of his solo and Sharrock comes screaming in out of nowhere is one of my favorites in all of free jazz.''

bought 'tauhid' bcz of this thread and yeah, that's excellent.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Tuesday, 8 July 2003 07:01 (sixteen years ago) link

Tauhid is great. A life-changer for me, for sure. I just love the kind of organic quality to the way the compositions build up, ebb and flow. Simple melodic lines that give way to bursts of cathartic free play. And yes, Sharrock's contributions are excellent.

Ask the Ages was great. It was funny, Pharoah really had a burst of resurgent creativity there in the early 90's; between the Sharrock record, the record he did with Moroccan Maleem Mahmoud Ghania, and his guest spot on that Franklin Kiermyer record on Evidence, he really seemed to forcefully reassert his brilliance. Then he kind of dropped off the face of the earth again...

Mr. Diamond (diamond), Tuesday, 8 July 2003 07:10 (sixteen years ago) link

I've been listening to Paradise a lot lately. It kinda reminds me of early-80s free-funk stuff; got some great proto-No Wave keyboard noises. Also, though Sharrock's contributions to the original Jack Johnson album are barely noticeable, there are four tracks, all versions of "Willie Nelson," on Disc One of the 5-CD Complete Jack Johnson Sessions box (coming from Legacy this fall) that feature him playing alongside John McLaughlin, and those are great. And if you can dig up a copy of the instrumental EP he did of music for the TV show Space Ghost: Coast To Coast, it's great. Most of the tracks are guitar/drums duos (don't know who's drumming), very out.

Phil Freeman (Phil Freeman), Tuesday, 8 July 2003 13:24 (sixteen years ago) link

one year passes...
Hey before I pay collector scum prices for Ask the Ages and Guitar can anyone who has them please send em to my gmail or put them up on slsk or some clandestine web location? Also the Space Ghost sndtrk and Last Exit would be great if possible. All this stuff seems to be OOP right now...

AaronHz (AaronHz), Monday, 6 September 2004 09:34 (fifteen years ago) link

i got this yesterday, funnily enuogh, havent played it yet though. i'll see what i can do

your friend, david acid (gareth), Monday, 6 September 2004 10:32 (fifteen years ago) link

how much did you pay for it? it's going for $30 used on US Amazon.

AaronHz (AaronHz), Monday, 6 September 2004 10:34 (fifteen years ago) link

Guys< I think all the Enemy stuff may be out of print, but I found sevewral of his things, on various labels, at's used section, also secondspin, Amazon Merchants, Cadence Magazine's various second hand etc. lists (check or .com; been a while since I let myself go there--you can just call 'em up, too, the number should be there on the page; they gst all kindsa stuff in and out of the warehouse every hour). It's been a while since I checked any of those places for any of his stuff, actually, butthe point is a)most everything he ever did has been reissued on CD at one time or another; and B) I dint pay "collector's prices"for none of it! Including most of the vinyl before that. The only really so-far-elusive LPs are the one that has a title like NEW YORK CITY 1981, and is actually pretty much the Sharrock-Frith version of Material, acc. to (who have a good SS discography, though nowadays the best approach I've found is to go to, type in yr Search subj, and allmusic's info will pop up, plus often got sound samplettes). Another one is THE GREEN LINE, think that's also the group name, with Sonny, M.Vitous, forget who else (was on Storyville, and actually re-issued as CD). And he was part of a supergroup assebled by Bill Cosby, playing on an (all-instrumental, non Cos-voiced) title which I'm balnking on now, but you should see it in allmusic's links, plus a live performance of a similar lineup 9which also incl.David Murray abd Don Pullen), from believe it or not that VH-1 Sunday night modern jazz series (Visions?) which is prob bootlegged somewhere. Another P.S. w) Sonny (from around time of TAUHID? Not sure; spozed to be looser than that, though) was reissued last year, IPZO something, and the jazz-funk group Brute Froce also re-issued s/t with him uncredited but on the cover and obv. playing at least acc to Signal To Noise reviewer, who says it's mediocre *except* for him (see Summer 04 issue,

Don Allred, Monday, 6 September 2004 13:51 (fifteen years ago) link

I listened to Monkey-Pockie-Boo and Izipho Zam yesterday. He's such a hero for me, as a guitar player. His stuff with Sanders is awesome, obvs, but the solo work is amazing -- just sooo evocative. Beautiful, cacaphonous and very very cathartic. It's everything I like about free jazz!

"Once upon a Time" has to be the most gorgeous thing I've ever heard!

Sonny, Ah!, Monday, 6 September 2004 16:09 (fifteen years ago) link

the other day i distorted and compressed the hell out of my guitar and tried to be sonny. all those noisey swoops and runs really are quite technically demanding. really wish i could've seen him live

jake b. (cerybut), Monday, 6 September 2004 17:32 (fifteen years ago) link

I absolutely love "Ask the Ages." Gorgeous themes, and Elvin Jones to boot. Also really like "High Life" from a year or two earlier, I believe. Kind of his pop album...

eddie hurt (ddduncan), Monday, 6 September 2004 17:43 (fifteen years ago) link

Y'know, I was inspired to dig this out recently after Elvin Jones died & was dismayed to find that I didn't like it as much as I used to. Still, the two 9-minute-plus tracks sound great, and I'll always remember seeing Sonny live the week this arrived in record stores. He was in town for a week, I was him on two separate nights and made a crappy cassette recording. He played "Dick Dogs" twice each night and broke a string EVERY time! Also informed me that Albert Ayler was a "beautiful cat."

Actually, Ask The Ages is also notable to me because I had the occasion to see all four of it's musicians at four separate concerts: Sonny, Elvin, and Pharoah Sanders headlining, and Charnette Moffat backing up Courtney Pine.

Myonga Von Bontee (Myonga Von Bontee), Monday, 6 September 2004 23:32 (fifteen years ago) link

I did a short interview with Sonny on the phone about seven months before he died. He had 'The Girl Can't Help It' (the movie) on in the background.

Rickey Wright (Rrrickey), Tuesday, 7 September 2004 07:44 (fifteen years ago) link

This album is (surprisingly) on the iTunes music store for $6 but when I try to buy it I get a "This item is being modified. Please try again later" message. WTF?

AaronHz (AaronHz), Tuesday, 7 September 2004 07:51 (fifteen years ago) link

Stencil's mention of the Marzette (which I believe was the earliest session to actually be released; don't know if the CD is still in print, but it's in ZYX's series of reissued ESP-DISK[LP was from '65, '66). Basically back then he strummed, a lot. This was before Herbie Mann encouraged him to get into the real string-strangling stuff, and before he got a chance to experiment with sophisticated amps (really pobably before there *were* amps capable of much adaptation beyond emitting feedback! I don't think he poked 'em with drumsticks unlike my other fave, Link Wray. SS said his big breakthrough technique-wise was hearing Blind Willie's "Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground," which got him into playing slide. Also when he wrote "Blind Willie," which sounds like Chinese mountain blues on BLACK WOMAN (well Muddy Waters said Charlie Parker sounded like "Chinese music," so comes around!). It's very bouncey as done by Last Exit, on various albums, but fits right in with their haiyassed stuff (hairyassed bounce, that's an SS component oh yeh). At that sense of hairy playfulness made him a good foil for the dippy flute of Herbie Mann (Sonny, like on H's LIVE AT WHISKEY A-GO_GO, the fiend raging up from the basement to singe Herbie's snap-on goatee, but just for a minute, in wait-for-it/did-that-happen?? head-contrast) However, all the Herbie stuff prob sounds a lot better on CD (the ones I've heard do sound better); many are two-LPs-on-one-disc, and midpriced at that. But he doesn't get to play much on STONE FLUTE or LIVE AT NEWPORT. The best I've heard is MEMPHIS UNDERGROUND, which also includes Memphis (and Muscle Shoals, I think) sessioneers. Sony doesn't freak out, but pokes lots of briars, thorns blue kudzu)teanacious vines that cover everthang down here, if you don't rip and burn 'em) into the mud and stream (groove). Could teamwork with Larry Coryell's guitar too. Larry is one of those musos who can and does play anything, Stravinsky to smooth jazz to skronk, but at this int, still fairly often inclined to skronk, or at least rowdiness. Gets that way also on LIVE AT THE VILLAGE GATE, early stuff with his group Eleventh House, and some Sonnyesque guesting on Steve Marcus's reissued COUNT'S ROCK BAND and TOMMOROW NEVER KNOWS, both uneven, but I like 'em. Oh yeah, Sonny's strumming! He comes back to it (but desn't forget what else he's learning; kind of transtional, but confident) on Byard Lancaster's recently reissued IT'S NOT UP TO . That's exxxcelllent, and not just for Sonny's inclusion. HIGHLIFE took me a littel while to get into; guess you'd say it's his closest to "pop," but really, listen on headphones, it's substantial as hell. His version of Elizabeth Cotten's "All My Trials" reminds me of Duane Allman and Dickey Betts at most melodic (also reminds me that Duane still sonds great on Herbie's PUSH PUSH,reissued with good long bonus track. Herbie was a Mayall figure of pop-jazz, also hiring Mick Taylor and others). Main thing to adjust to on this is the keyboard tnecency to sweeten; more distracting on Sonny's LIVE IN N.Y>, which is overall his most disappointing (although I admit to never having listened to it much).

Don A, Tuesday, 7 September 2004 12:19 (fifteen years ago) link

Love, love, love this record, esp. "As We Used to Sing." I too interviewed SS not long before he died, and we talked about that track. He said the title was a reference to his youthful excursions into singing doowop. He also said something to the effect that he always considered himself a saxophonist who happened to play the guitar, which makes a lot of sense when listening to an album like Ask.

Formerly Lee G (Formerly Lee G), Tuesday, 7 September 2004 12:44 (fifteen years ago) link

the last two songs on ask the ages are two of my favorite jazz songs of all time. "once upon a time" reminds me of "here come the warm jets" (i know ive said this before) for all of its cryptic meditative repetition, and fuzzy laser beam guitar sounds. "many mansions", too - the whole album is like this mystical spinning thing.

peter smith (plsmith), Tuesday, 7 September 2004 13:46 (fifteen years ago) link

five months pass...
Oh this is sooooo great!!!!! "Once Upon a Time" is great. Yamamato Sei'ichi totally loves this dude.

Fat Anarchy on Airtube (ex machina), Monday, 21 February 2005 06:09 (fifteen years ago) link

Interesting to see Don's comments on amps. Sonny told me that Miles once called him and asked to borrow his amp.

"But Miles, you don't play guitar."

"Fuck you!" [Slams down phone]

Not the only Miles anecdote I've heard that ends with that verb and a phone hang-up. And this is just stuff I heard about in personal conversations.

Rickey Wright (Rrrickey), Monday, 21 February 2005 12:21 (fifteen years ago) link

(Needless to say), 'Ask the Ages' is so gorgeous. He was in talks with Chrysalis when I interviewed him in September '93 (the Voice reported RCA interest in its obit the next April) and enthusiatic about his chances in the post-Nirvana climate. It might've been doomed to fail, but the music would've been great, and at the very least it would've been interesting to watch the attempted crossover.

Rickey Wright (Rrrickey), Monday, 21 February 2005 12:28 (fifteen years ago) link

What should I get next?

Fat Anarchy on Airtube (ex machina), Monday, 21 February 2005 14:33 (fifteen years ago) link

five years pass...

Why is this album so hard to find for less than crazy money?!?! And not on iTunes/eMusic/ :(

She Got the Shakes, Thursday, 27 January 2011 13:02 (nine years ago) link

it's v. v. out of print. i stumbled across a copy for like 12 bucks in a used shop in a college town one time.

call all destroyer, Thursday, 27 January 2011 13:40 (nine years ago) link

I just sold this on ebay for $7.

fit and working again, Thursday, 27 January 2011 15:16 (nine years ago) link

It's $6 on

Fig On A Plate Cart (Alex in SF), Thursday, 27 January 2011 15:19 (nine years ago) link

yeah you can definitely say that

b) mee too :)

budo jeru, Tuesday, 12 February 2019 08:17 (one year ago) link

The new artwork is so boring. Also, double 45's is my least favorite way to listen to an album that was never conceived as a double album. I came to listen to the jams, not get up every 12 minutes.

What I'm saying is that I'll be sticking with my old cd of this all-time great.

InternationalWaters, Tuesday, 12 February 2019 15:21 (one year ago) link

Agreed on the artwork. Just because this record is something else, it doesn't need to look like Something Else.

Scam jam, thank you ma’am (Sparkle Motion), Tuesday, 12 February 2019 16:17 (one year ago) link

I kind of like the new artwork, anyway I'm way into this, esp double 45s, I wonder what the source is? Original tapes, hopefully.

I love this record so much. A friend of mine owns this on cassette!

chr1sb3singer, Tuesday, 12 February 2019 20:39 (one year ago) link

i just assumed the image was only for the ig announcement tbh

budo jeru, Tuesday, 12 February 2019 20:46 (one year ago) link

I hope that's not the real cover. Laswell's M.O.D. Technologies label reissued it on CD in 2015, with this cover:

That's not bad. (The CD is already out of print - I wonder if they only had the rights for a little while, or a limited print run, too?)

grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 12 February 2019 20:56 (one year ago) link

I'm guessing Laswell still maintains the digital rights

Possibly not as he has a lot of stuff on Bandcamp (including Sharrock's 'Guitar') but not ATA.

*there's (Noel Emits), Tuesday, 12 February 2019 21:01 (one year ago) link

that reissue cover is bad too

og cover is totally cool don't fix a thing that isn't broke

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Tuesday, 12 February 2019 21:05 (one year ago) link

it's available to order now

Black Arkestra, Wednesday, 13 February 2019 01:56 (one year ago) link

thanks, got it. even with shipping to the u.s. the price wasn't outrageous which is cool.

call all destroyer, Wednesday, 13 February 2019 02:14 (one year ago) link

Oh? I’m not seeing anything on hive mind’s website.

Scam jam, thank you ma’am (Sparkle Motion), Wednesday, 13 February 2019 02:52 (one year ago) link

go to their bandcamp

call all destroyer, Wednesday, 13 February 2019 02:54 (one year ago) link

Bull Moose Music still has a few copies of the 2015 M.O.D. CD in stock. all of M.O.D.'s releases from 2016 onward have been digital-only, and it looks like they're allowing their other CD releases to go out of print as well

unregistered, Wednesday, 13 February 2019 04:01 (one year ago) link

Ah got it thanks

Scam jam, thank you ma’am (Sparkle Motion), Wednesday, 13 February 2019 04:01 (one year ago) link

I highly doubt that a Sonny Sharrock reissue is going to crash the Hive Mind Records website the minute the presale goes up. Those 500 copies will be around for a while.

Obviosuly I dunno how many going to distributors but - 11 left on Bandcamp.

Almost considering getting one just for the digital tbh.

Edit - down to 8 since I started typing LOL.

*there's (Noel Emits), Wednesday, 13 February 2019 19:05 (one year ago) link

Thanks for the heads-up on the vinyl, picked it up. And added the Rodrigo Tavares record Hivemind put out. Couple hours later, get an email from Bandcamp, “A virtual high five and/or fist bump to you, Rodrigo de Vasconcelos Faria Tavares just bought the following item after discovering it via your recommendation [Ask the Ages].” lol.

by the light of the burning Citroën, Wednesday, 13 February 2019 19:16 (one year ago) link

Actually looks like there is no digital at all accompanying the vinyl in case anyone else was wondering.

*there's (Noel Emits), Wednesday, 13 February 2019 19:21 (one year ago) link

aaaand sold out.

Scam jam, thank you ma’am (Sparkle Motion), Wednesday, 13 February 2019 19:22 (one year ago) link

I didn't get to ordering last night, so guess I'll wait and hope to encounter a copy.

Scam jam, thank you ma’am (Sparkle Motion), Wednesday, 13 February 2019 19:23 (one year ago) link

Still saying 1 available ATM!

*there's (Noel Emits), Wednesday, 13 February 2019 19:32 (one year ago) link

I think that's only around 50 sold through BC anyway so it should be around.

*there's (Noel Emits), Wednesday, 13 February 2019 19:33 (one year ago) link


*there's (Noel Emits), Wednesday, 13 February 2019 19:33 (one year ago) link

looks like you can still get it here:

not sure if hive mind has us distribution

budo jeru, Wednesday, 13 February 2019 19:45 (one year ago) link

I realise this running commentary on availability of a reissue isn't very interesting but anyway there it is.

*there's (Noel Emits), Friday, 15 February 2019 09:35 (one year ago) link

everyone should have this album, so there’s that.

Scam jam, thank you ma’am (Sparkle Motion), Friday, 15 February 2019 14:58 (one year ago) link

And now the digital is up on Laswell's Bandcamp:

grawlix (unperson), Saturday, 16 February 2019 21:02 (one year ago) link

If you saw the craigslist post going around where someone was selling Sonny Sharrock's amp, here's an awesome end to the story: Henry Kaiser got it!

— Marc Masters 🌹 (@Marcissist) February 19, 2019

the word dog doesn't bark (anagram), Wednesday, 20 February 2019 06:43 (one year ago) link


Only a Factory URL (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 20 February 2019 10:59 (one year ago) link

three weeks pass...

I finally got my copy of the vinyl release. At first blush it sounds great- big, lots of dynamics, and not too big of a hassle to do it over 2 LPs. Package on the whole is pretty underwhelming though- cover design is bland, no liner notes or any additional info, printing & cardboard are on the cheaper side. I don't need the "deluxe version" but I guess I'd have like to see something that approached the majesty of the music. That said, it's great to finally hear this on vinyl.

pippin drives a lambo through the gates of isengard (Sparkle Motion), Friday, 15 March 2019 19:04 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

seems stranded has some copies in stock for the us market in case anybody is still interested in buying the 2xlp reissue:

budo jeru, Tuesday, 11 June 2019 18:05 (eleven months ago) link

They repressed it too so there should be a few more out there.

It sounds truly incredible. I’d love to hear any outtakes they had from those sessions.

the public eating of beans (Sparkle Motion), Tuesday, 11 June 2019 18:52 (eleven months ago) link

re yr previous post about the packaging, is it a gatefold sleeve or just two discs in a single jacket ?

budo jeru, Tuesday, 11 June 2019 19:00 (eleven months ago) link

The latter- packaging is very bare-bones.

the public eating of beans (Sparkle Motion), Tuesday, 11 June 2019 19:35 (eleven months ago) link

it's weird how this is the greatest album of all time

american bradass (BradNelson), Sunday, 23 June 2019 14:31 (eleven months ago) link

it's so good.

calzino, Sunday, 23 June 2019 14:32 (eleven months ago) link

i would really like to buy this reissue lol

american bradass (BradNelson), Sunday, 23 June 2019 14:35 (eleven months ago) link

I still enjoy digging out Last Exit - Iron Path a lot as well.

calzino, Sunday, 23 June 2019 14:41 (eleven months ago) link

The other day I thought of it as the last great album of the 60s

the public eating of beans (Sparkle Motion), Sunday, 23 June 2019 14:48 (eleven months ago) link

Do you mean in some sort of rhetorical sense? I honestly thought it was recorded not that long before his death in the early 90's, but I'm often wrong on these matters.

calzino, Sunday, 23 June 2019 14:56 (eleven months ago) link

Assumed it was rhetorical myself but thanks for asking

If I were a POLL I’d be Zinging (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 23 June 2019 14:57 (eleven months ago) link

wasn't trying to be dickish, just genuinely thought have I got something wrong here? never mind!

calzino, Sunday, 23 June 2019 15:07 (eleven months ago) link

I wasn't giving you any snark, I was wondering myself!

If I were a POLL I’d be Zinging (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 23 June 2019 15:30 (eleven months ago) link

Sorry for the confusion... what I was thinking of was more along the lines that it was the last great album of the Impulse! records era. The energy, the power, the players (Moffett excepted, and he acquits himself wonderfully for what I believe is his first recording session) are all of the era... it's a real lightning in a bottle session, just astounding and easily on the same level of anything Sonny or Pharoah had recorded previously. Remarkable for these guys being 30+ years into their careers.

Astonishing music easily one of my favorite albums ever.

the public eating of beans (Sparkle Motion), Sunday, 23 June 2019 15:52 (eleven months ago) link

Doesn't seem to be Charnett Moffett's first recording session:

If I were a POLL I’d be Zinging (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 23 June 2019 15:59 (eleven months ago) link

Yeah, I was very wrong! The '84 Frank Lowe album that appears to be his earliest has a great lineup, sounds interesting.

the public eating of beans (Sparkle Motion), Sunday, 23 June 2019 16:32 (eleven months ago) link

Moffett's earliest work was with the Marsalis brothers - he was on Branford's Scenes in the City when he was like 16.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Sunday, 23 June 2019 16:44 (eleven months ago) link


If I were a POLL I’d be Zinging (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 23 June 2019 16:46 (eleven months ago) link

wow, I had no idea- I have only encountered him occasionally

the public eating of beans (Sparkle Motion), Sunday, 23 June 2019 16:58 (eleven months ago) link

this set was mentioned above, here's a youtube link:

sounds so good rn

budo jeru, Friday, 5 July 2019 16:09 (ten months ago) link

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