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Sonny Sharrock: Ask the Ages

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Back in print... relelase date 11/13/2015:  Amazon

Just discovered this record recently... rather than download the MP3s, I think I'll wait and order the CD.

Anyone have any more info on this?

 

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It's very good, a favorite Sonny Sharrock recording. 

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Yes! I've been listening to it on youtube... and curious about the re-issue.  It looks like it was one of those hard to find/out of print) discs that apparently fetches $30 or more on the used market.

 

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Definitely a great album, with some Santana overtones.

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Looks like Laswell is getting to his back catalog. There's some fine stuff there.

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I sold mine a few years ago and have always sort of semi-regretted it.  Pharoah Sanders and Elvin Jones along for the ride.  The only post-60's/70's Sharrock I've ever really been into.

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IMHO Laswell's greatest triumph as a producer and Sharrock's masterpiece, intense and freewheeling yet focused and succinct.  Glad to to it coming back into print, wonder if there's more SS to come. Doesn't remind me of Carlos at all, YMMV.  My only quibble is I might have sequenced it differently.

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Forget the Santana influence........I was thinking of Highlife.

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Among other wonderous aspects of this magical recording, Elvin Jones sounds as good or better sound wise than on any other recording of his I've heard. Plus I'm no Sharrock or Sanders follower so for me the record is Sui Generis 

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I hope this means a reissue of NO SUGAR FOR A DIME is coming soon too.

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Doesn't remind me of Carlos at all, YMMV.  My only quibble is I might have sequenced it differently.

The similarities between Sharrock and Santana are quite obvious in the songs “Who Does She Hope to Be?” and “Once Upon a Time”.

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A masterpiece of a recording. I hear no Sharrock - Santana connection or influence. Santana is crazy.

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A masterpiece of a recording. I hear no Sharrock - Santana connection or influence. Santana is crazy.

Maybe I should point out that I am referring to the guitar playing or guitar solos.  I do not mean that Sharrock's band included timbales or that they performed anything that sounded like Black Magic Woman, etc.

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A masterpiece of a recording. I hear no Sharrock - Santana connection or influence. Santana is crazy.

Maybe I should point out that I am referring to the guitar playing or guitar solos.  I do not mean that Sharrock's band included timbales or that they performed anything that sounded like Black Magic Woman, etc.

That's what I was trying to say in my original comment. It's more apparent on High Life than Ask the Ages, though.

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great album.

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As evidence of this album's influence, there is a band in Seattle that named itself "Ask The Ages."  Pretty good, too.

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On 22 October 2015 5:02:20 am, gvopedz said:

Maybe I should point out that I am referring to the guitar playing or guitar solos.  I do not mean that Sharrock's band included timbales or that they performed anything that sounded like Black Magic Woman, etc.

Actually i just remembered that Sonny Sharrock used this devise that made his notes sustain for extra long periods...i think it was called an e-bow, and of course Santana was all about long sustained notes....so that is a connection for sure...i better re listen to high life

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I don't think Sharrock was using an ebow, just an old fashioned high gain signal chain with a Les Paul.

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That's my thinking as well.

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This is a fave--sad to see that the reissue didn't include a vinyl release...

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M.O.D. TECHNOLOGIES
RELEASES 
SONNY SHARROCK'S
Ask The Ages
 
ENHANCED AND RE-MASTERED FROM THE ORIGINAL RELEASE.
 
AVAILABLE IN STORES & ONLINE AND THROUGH
 
 
Sonny Sharrock
Electric Guitar
Pharoah Sanders
Tenor & Soprano Saxophone
Elvin Jones
Drums
Charnett Moffett
Acoustic Bass
 
 
 
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New York, December 17, 2015 - Ask The Ages - The classic definer. Guitarist Sonny Sharrock wasn't just ahead of his time, like a freight train roaring through a darkened station, not just hours but weeks ahead of schedule. Channeling the energy and spirit of John Coltrane...with the support of two undisputed icons of free jazz and the avant-garde, legendary Coltrane-drummer Elvin Jones and saxophonist Pharoah Sanders with Charnett Moffett on bass. Absolutely an exploration of the stratosphere and beyond.
 
Enhanced and re-mastered from the original. Produced by Bill Laswell - who upon emerging from the downtown NYC scene as a producer and bassist to be reckoned with, made it one of his first priorities to find Sharrock who he first heard at age fourteen...Ask The Ages.
 
TRACKS  
1. Promises Kept 9:43

2. Who Does She Hope To Be 4:41

3. Little Rock 7:12

4. As We Used To Sing 7:45

5. Many Mansions 9:31

6. Once Upon A Time 6:26

 

 

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 ©1992 Jack Vartoogian, FrontRowPhotos

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