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Warren Harding Sharrock (August 27, 1940May 25, 1994) was an American jazz guitarist. He was married to singer Linda Sharrock, with whom he sometimes recorded or performed. August 27 is the 239th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (240th in leap years), with 126 days remaining. ... 1940 was a leap year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... May 25 is the 145th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (146th in leap years). ... 1994 was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ... Jazz is a musical art form characterized by blue notes, syncopation, swing, call and response, polyrhythms, and improvisation. ... Steve Howe playing lead guitar for Yes in 1977 A guitarist is a musician who plays the guitar. ...


Sharrock began his musical career singing doo wop in his teen years. He collaborated with Pharoah Sanders and Alexander Solla in the late 1960s, appearing first on Sanders' 1966 effort, Tauhid. He made several apperances with flautist Herbie Mann and also made an uncredited guest appearance on Miles Davis' A Tribute to Jack Johnson, perhaps his most famous cameo. Sharrock was known for his incisive, heavily chorded attack, his bursts of wild feedback, and for his use of saxophone-like lines played loudly on guitar; he had in fact wanted to play tenor saxophone from his youth after hearing Davis' Kind of Blue on the radio at age 19, but his asthma prevented this from happening, although Sharrock said repeatedly that he still considered himself "a horn player with a really fucked up axe." [1] Doo-wop is a style of vocal-based rhythm and blues music popular in the mid-1950s to the early 1960s in America. ... Reggie Workman, Pharoah Sanders, and Idris Muhammad, c. ... The 1960s, or The Sixties, in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1960 and 1969, but the expression has taken on a wider meaning over the past twenty years. ... Tawhid (also Tawheed or Tauhid; Arabic توحيد), meaning declaring God one, is the Islamic concept of monotheism. ... Herbert Jay Solomon (April 16, 1930 – July 1, 2003), better known as Herbie Mann, was an American jazz flutist and important practitioner of world music. ... Miles Dewey Davis III (May 25, 1926 – September 28, 1991) one of the most influential and innovative musicians of the twentieth century, was an African-American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer. ... Tribute to Jack Johnson is an album recorded in April 1970 by Miles Davis. ... The tenor saxophone is one of the larger members of the saxophone family invented by Adolphe Sax. ... Kind of Blue is a 1959 (see 1959 in music) album by jazz musician Miles Davis. ... Horn may refer to: horn (anatomy), a hollow, pointed projection of the skin of various animals Horn, Austria horn (diacritic), a diacritic mark used to indicate that a normally rounded vowel such as o or u is to be pronounced unrounded horn (instrument) horn, a slang term for any wind... Firefighter with a fire-axe An axe (also spelt as ax) is a tool with a metal blade that is securely fastened at a 90 degree angle to a handle, usually of wood, while a blade fastened horizontally is called an adze. ...


Sharrock was semi-retired for much of the 1970s, undergoing a divorce from wife/occasional collaborator Linda in 1978. In the intermitting years until producer/bassist Bill Laswell coaxed Sharrock out of retirement, he worked as both a chauffeur and a caretaker for mentally challenged children. With Laswell's urging, Sharrock appeared on Material's (one of Laswell's many projects) 1981 effort, Memory Serves. In addition, Sharrock was a member of the punk/jazz band Last Exit, another Laswell-backed outfit. During the late 1980s, he also recorded and performed extensively with the New York-based improvising band Machine Gun, as well as leading his own bands. Sharrock flourished with Laswell's help, noting in a 1991 interview that "the last five years have been pretty strange for me, because I went twelve years without making a record at all, and then in the last five years, I've made seven records under my own name. That's pretty strange." [2] Bill Laswell (born December 2, 1950 in Detroit) is a prolific bassist, producer, and record label owner who has collaborated with hundreds of musicians all over the world. ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... Last Exit was a music group composed of Ronnie Pearson, drummer of the Phoenix Jazzmen, who is rumored having been asked by the Beatles to part them before eventually Ringo Starr became their drummer, John Hedley, a well-known guitar player around Newcastle, England, Gerry Richardson, teacher and long time... Machine Gun was an improvising band formed in New York City in 1986. ...


Laswell would often perform with the guitarist on his albums, and produced many of Sharrock's recordings, as well, including the entirely solo Guitar, the metal-influenced Seize The Rainbow, and the well-received Ask The Ages, which featured John Coltrane's bandmates Pharoah Sanders and Elvin Jones. One writer described Ask The Ages as "hands down, Sharrock's finest hour, and the ideal album to play for those who claim to hate jazz guitar." [3] Insert non-formatted text here John Coltrane (September 23, 1926 – July 17, 1967) was an American jazz saxophonist and composer. ... Reggie Workman, Pharoah Sanders, and Idris Muhammad, c. ... Elvin Ray Jones (September 9, 1927 - May 18, 2004) was a jazz drummer. ... Jazz is a musical art form characterized by blue notes, syncopation, swing, call and response, polyrhythms, and improvisation. ... The classical guitar typically has 3 nylon and 3 nickel-wound strings. ...


In 1994, Sharrock died unexpectedly of a heart attack in his hometown of Ossining, New York. He was 53. Sharrock is perhaps best known today for the soundtrack to the Cartoon Network program Space Ghost: Coast to Coast, one of the last projects he completed in the studio before his death. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Film soundtrack. ... The current Cartoon Network logo, was used in North America since June 14, 2004, in Latin America since January 1st, 2005, and in Europe since April 11, 2005. ... Space Ghost at his desk Space Ghost: Coast to Coast is a spoof talk show on the cable TV channel, Cartoon Network. ...


Discography

  • 1969 Black Woman
  • 1970 Monkey-Pockie-Boo
  • 1975 Paradise
  • 1986 Guitar
  • 1987 Seize the Rainbow
  • 1987 Dance With Me, Montana
  • 1989 Live in New York
  • 1989 Faith Moves (duo with Nicky Skopelitis)
  • 1990 Highlife
  • 1991 Ask the Ages
  • 1996 Space Ghost Coast to Coast
  • 1996 Into Another Light

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Sonny Sharrock - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (379 words)
Sharrock began his musical career singing doo wop in his teen years.
Sharrock was semi-retired for much of the 1970s, undergoing a divorce from wife/occasional collaborator Linda in 1978.
Sharrock is perhaps best known today for the soundtrack to the Cartoon Network program Space Ghost: Coast to Coast, one of the last projects he completed in the studio before his death.
Promises Kept, by Jason Chervokas, 1994 (1211 words)
Sonny Sharrock died on May 26 after suffering a heart attack at his home in Ossining, New York, the town where he was born 53 years earlier, August 27, 194O.
At his best, Sharrock would dig and claw at these themes until he got underneath their surfaces, driving the tunes, himself, and whatever band he was leading past the singsong and into the realm of pure sound, rhythm, and emotion.
Sonny Sharrock was a visionary who wanted to split the sky the way John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, and Albert Ayler had.
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