Sonny Sharrock

 

 

Sonny Sharrock was among the first – if not the first – to adapt the principles of free-jazz horn playing to the electric guitar. Eschewing the crisp, linear approach of such predecessors as Wes Montgomery, Tal Farlow, Joe Pass, and Jim Hall, Sharrock looked to such ‘60s freestylists as John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, and Albert Ayler for inspiration. The impact of his dense, loud, skittering style can be heard in the playing of musicians as diverse as James Blood Ulmer, Elliott Sharp, Carlos Santana, and Thurston Moore. What has come to be known as... Read More

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