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Last Exit - 100% match to Sonny Sharrock

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This high-power, high-intensity band came together by chance when its members happened to be playing in the same city (Zurich) in early 1986 and went on to become something of a cult institution. Comprising Peter Brötzmann, Sonny Sharrock, Bill Laswell and Ronald Shannon Jackson, their music was passionate and visceral, mixing elements of free jazz, blues, metal, hardcore, Read more

Anthony Braxton - 66% match to Sonny Sharrock

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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4 June 1945, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Braxton began playing clarinet in high school, studied music for one semester at Wilson Junior College, then joined the US Army, where he played clarinet and alto saxophone. In 1966 he joined Chicago’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (the AACM), a newly formed musicians’ co-operative whose leading members i Read more

Albert Ayler - 64% match to Sonny Sharrock

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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13 July 1936, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, d. 25 November 1970, New York City, New York, USA. In common with many of the radical figures of the 60s avant garde, tenor and alto saxophonist Ayler paid his dues in R&B bands. He started his musical education on alto, and played in the church attended by his family. At the age of 10 he began studying at the local academy of music, c Read more

Don Cherry - 63% match to Sonny Sharrock

Genres: Jazz Music Videos & Concerts
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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18 November 1936, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA, d. 19 October 1995, Alhaurín El Grande, Málaga, Spain. Cherry began playing trumpet while still attending high school in Los Angeles, where he was raised. He also played piano and some of his first public performances were on this instrument when he worked in R&B bands. An early musical associate was Billy Hig Read more

Cecil Taylor - 61% match to Sonny Sharrock

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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15 March 1929, New York City, New York, USA. A towering figure in post-war avant garde jazz, Taylor has been hailed as the greatest piano virtuoso of the twentieth century because of the phenomenal power, speed and intensity of his playing. ‘We in black music think of the piano as a percussive instrument, ’ he told writer John Litweiler, ‘we beat the keyboard, Read more

Sam Rivers - 57% match to Sonny Sharrock

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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25 September 1930, El Reno, Oklahoma, USA. Alto, soprano and tenor saxophone, flute and piano player and composer. After extensive studies, Rivers began playing in and around Boston, Massachusetts, in the late 40s. (His first professional engagement had been with Jimmy Witherspoon during his military service.) During the next few years he played mostly in the Boston area wit Read more

Art Ensemble Of Chicago - 56% match to Sonny Sharrock

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Founded in 1968 by trumpeter Lester Bowie (11 October 1941, Frederick, Maryland, USA, d. 9 November 1999, New York, USA), saxophonists Roscoe Mitchell (b. 3 August 1940, Chicago, Illinois, USA) and Joseph Jarman (b. 14 September 1937, Pine Bluff, Arkansas, USA) and bass player Malachi Favors (b. 22 August 1927, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 30 January 2004, Chicago, Illinois, U Read more

Pharoah Sanders - 49% match to Sonny Sharrock

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Farrell Saunders, 13 October 1940, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA. By the time he left high school Sanders was proficient on several instruments, but eventually chose the tenor saxophone. After working in R&B bands he settled in New York in the early 60s where he became a frequent musical associate of Don Cherry, Albert Ayler and others active in the ‘free jazz’ mo Read more

Marion Brown - 47% match to Sonny Sharrock

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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8 September 1935, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Brown made his name as an alto saxophonist after mastering clarinet and oboe. In the 50s he studied music at Clark College, Atlanta and law at Howard University, Washington, DC - an experience that contrasted sharply with his poor southern background. He spent 18 months playing the clarinet in an army band on the Japanese island of Ho Read more

Archie Shepp - 44% match to Sonny Sharrock

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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24 May 1937, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. Shepp was raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. While studying dramatic literature at college he began playing on various instruments including the alto saxophone. His first professional engagement was on clarinet and he later played tenor saxophone with R&B bands. Settling in New York he tried to find work as an actor but was Read more

James Blood Ulmer - 44% match to Sonny Sharrock

Genres: Blues Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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2 February 1942, St. Matthews, South Carolina, USA. Although taking up guitar in childhood, between the ages of seven and 13 Ulmer’s primary musical activity was as a singer in a gospel group, the Southern Sons. In 1959 he moved to Pittsburgh, then to Detroit in 1967, and then eventually to New York in 1971, where he played in the house band at the famous bebop venue, M Read more

Eric Dolphy - 41% match to Sonny Sharrock

Genres: Jazz Music Videos & Concerts
Decades Active: 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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20 June 1928, Los Angeles, California, USA, d. 29 June 1964, Berlin, Germany. A fluent performer on several reed instruments, Dolphy began to play clarinet while still at school. On the west coast of America in the second half of the 40s he worked with Roy Porter’s band, before spending a couple of years in the US army. After his discharge, he played with several leadin Read more

Grachan Moncur III - 40% match to Sonny Sharrock

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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3 June 1937, New York City, New York, USA. An early starter (his father played bass with Al Cooper’s Savoy Sultans), Moncur had already mastered several other instruments when, at the age of 11, he turned to the trombone. In his teens, Moncur worked with local bands and also studied music. In the early 60s he was with Ray Charles, and was a member of the Art Farmer-Benn Read more

David S. Ware - 39% match to Sonny Sharrock

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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David Spencer Ware, 7 November 1949, Plainfield, New Jersey, USA. Before studying at the Berklee College Of Music in the late 60s, Ware had already begun playing several members of the saxophone family. He formed his own band, Apogee, and played in the USA and Europe with both Cecil Taylor and Andrew Cyrille, recording 1978’s Metamusicians’ Stomp with the latter. Read more

Andrew Hill - 38% match to Sonny Sharrock

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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30 June 1931, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 20 April 2007, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA. Port Au Prince, Haiti, is usually given as Hill’s birthplace, but he actually hailed from Chicago. He studied composition privately with Paul Hindemith and Bill Russo, and played accordion and tap-danced on the streets where Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines heard him. In his teens he was i Read more

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