Sonny Sharrock

Genres: Jazz
Tags: free jazz jazz avant-garde guitar post-bop avant-garde jazz Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Warren Harding Sharrock, 27 August 1940, Ossining, New York, USA, d. 26 May 1994, Ossining, New York, USA. Now regarded as one of the most remarkable guitarists in contemporary jazz, Sharrock was a late starter, teaching himself the instrument at the age of 20. Before that he sang in a doo-wop group, the Echoes. He recorded with them for Alan Freed but the tracks were never released. When he was 21 he spent a few months studying formally at Berklee College Of Music. Starting in 1965 he worked with a succession of major names in the avant garde (including Pharoah Sanders, Don Cherry, Sunny Murray and Olatunji, John Gilmore and Byard Lancaster) then from 1967-73 provided the ‘outside’ element in Herbie Mann’s band.

In 1970 he contributed to ‘Yesternow’, the second part of Miles Davis’ Jack Johnson. In 1973 he formed a band with his then wife, Linda Sharrock (Chambers), but was relatively quiet until he emerged in...

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